Japanese print of people carrying a palenquin

Ando Hiroshige, Japanese 1797 - 1858, Narumi Arimatsu Shibori, 1832, #41 from the series "Tōkaidō Gojūsan-tsugi no uchi", color woodcut, 15 1/8 x 11 1/16 inches,  Gift of Anna C. Hoyt, CU Art Museum, 57.215, Photo: Jeff Wells

Art Elements: Materials, Motive and Meaning
September 5—December 21, 2019

Art Elements: Materials, Motive and Meaning presents an in-depth look at materials and techniques used to create artworks. Inspired by the research of faculty and curators at CU, the exhibition is organized into four case studies.  Each case study focuses on a group of artworks and shows how primary, material research leads to a deeper understanding of artistic traditions. The selection of artworks represents a diverse set of time periods and cultures and provides a vehicle for cross-disciplinary discovery. 

Artworks in this exhibition were made by artists from indigenous American communities, Japan, former Spanish colonies in South America, and Western Europe. They incorporate an array of materials, including bead, leather and metalwork, chalk drawing and oil painting.

Exhibition curated by Hope Saska, CU Art Museum with James M. Córdova, associate professor of art and art history; graduate student Avery Glassman; Gerardo Gutierrez, associate professor of anthropology; Jenny Modzel (MFS '19); and Stephanie Su, assistant professor of art and art history.

This exhibition and programming is generously supported by CU Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees and CU Art Museum members.