Hallowed Absurdities: The Work of Theodore Waddell (Main Gallery)
Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial: 1915-2015- Twenty Years of Photography by Mark James (Gallery 101)
Fort Collins Museum of Art
January 16 – March 15, 2015
Waddell - Trophy #14 - 1986 - mixed media
The Fort Collins Museum of Art is pleased to present Montana artist Theodore Waddell, one of the region’s best known artists. Waddell is an accomplished painter, sculptor and printmaker although he is primarily recognized for his uniquely identifiable paintings of the West, rife with wildlife and signature Angus cattle. His sculptures take center stage in this exhibition titled Hallowed Absurdities, which opens with a Member’s reception on January 15th, 2015 with a Director’s tour by new Fort Collins Museum of Art Executive Director, Lisa Hatchadoorian. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, January 16th and remain on view through March 15, 2015.
In addition to his reputation as a fine artist, Ted, as he is known to his family and friends, is also a rancher who has witnessed firsthand the stark realities of living on the land—winter kill, roadkill, and the relationship between rural living, guns, and gun owners. Hallowed Absurdities reveals the artist’s thoughts on these topics with mock firearms cunningly crafted from a variety of found objects including bleached animal bones, snake rattles, salt, and veterinary instruments, to name a few. Additionally, and perhaps not for the squeamish amongst us, the artist elevates roadkill to a level of fine art by incorporating actual specimens into paintings, reminding us of the balance in nature that literally runs afoul of man and machinery.
At a time when gun rights have become a pivotal issue, the exhibition content poses timely questions about the responsibilities of gun ownership and stewardship of the land. The artist’s intent is not to fan the flames of the gun debate nor to create controversy about land use. Rather, Theodore Waddell aims to stir a thoughtful dialogue about these timely issues. Whether or not you are an aficionado of Theodore Waddell ‘s paintings, love or hate guns, or are looking to broaden your art definitions, you will find something unexpected to explore at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. Visit the museum’s website, www.ftcma.org, for more information about this and other current exhibitions, education programming, and related museum events. This exhibition organized by the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana.
Additionally, the Fort Collins Museum of Art is proud to present the evocative landscape photographs of Wellington photographer Mark James that celebrates the Centennial year of Rocky Mountain National Park. The exhibition Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial: 1915-2015- Twenty Years of Photography by Mark James will run from January 16 – March 15, 2015 with a member’s reception and artist talk on January 15th from 6:00-8:00pm. Utilizing a pinhole camera, James creates haunting, indelible images of this beloved landscape that has been part of America’s national consciousness for 100 years.
In 1995, Mark James was granted an Artist-in-Residence from Rocky Mountain National Park. He began photographing the Colorado Rocky Mountains using pinhole and lensed cameras to create a comprehensive body of work that portrays the landscape in a way that recalls the survey photographs of the 19th century. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for students with ID and seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 7-18. Children 6 and under and museum members are free.
Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
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