New Haven Free Public Library Art Gallery
133 Elm St., New Haven
Donald Axleroad: The Allegory of Myth and the Modern Mess
Apr. 21—May 26, 2007.
Artist Reception: Sat., Apr. 28, 2:30—4:30 p.m.
"Myths recount the exploits of the gods of the glimmering civilizations of Greece and Rome, stirring emotions and stimulating creative expression. Myths as allegory intimate the full range of human failings, temptations, sins and virtues in intriguing, larger-than-life stories which have inspired such artists, composers, and choreographers as Raphael, Pousson, Picasso, Gluck, Debussy, and Nijinski," says artist Donald Axelroad.
"In our increasingly binary world—filled with terrorism, genocide, and disease—a resurgence of mythology, celebrating the intersection of human and the divine, has recently been embraced, retelling stories which become more relevant and revealing than ever," he says.
Donald Axleroad, a graduate of Pratt Institute, and a student of Phillip Guston, Richard Linder, and Antonio Frasconi, works the intricate techniques of wood engraving and printing. He weaves together fanciful stories that are cruel, ironic, funny, violent, or tragic. His woodcuts convey a means of escapism and discovery, creating a tapestry rich in imagery and imagination.
Mr. Axleroad's work has been exhibited in national print shows, such as at the Boston Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum, and in a UN sponsored traveling exhibit of 100 American Printmakers. He is an elected artist member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, The Salmagundi Club, Silvermine Art Guild, Art Place Gallery, the Kent Art Association, and the Rowayton Art Association. He has won numerous awards and is represented in many private and public collections.
51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, (203) 624-8055
Annual Greater New Haven Area High School Art Exhibition and Portfolio Competition
Apr. 18—29, 2007.
Reception: Sun., Apr. 29, 2—4 p.m. Awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
The John Slade Ely House Annual Greater New Haven Area High School Art
Exhibition and Portfolio Competition includes work from public and private schools in New Haven, Hamden, East Haven, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Cheshire, North Branford, Woodbridge, Guilford, Madison and Wallingford.
There will be a reception for the artists this Sunday and an awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
Also: Art from the Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School.
238 Washington Ter., Middletown, (860) 685-3355
The Faculty Show
Apr. 28—May 27, 2007.
Opening reception: Tues., May 1, 5—7 p.m.
The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University proudly presents The Faculty Show, an exhibition that showcases the work of ten studio art faculty in Wesleyan's Art and Art History Department. The first of its kind in more than a decade, the exhibition includes the work of John Frazer, Elijah Huge, Jeffrey Schiff, David Schorr, J. Seeley, Keiji Shinohara, John Slepian, Leslie Snipes, Tula Telfair and Kate TenEyck. Curated by Nina Felshin, The Faculty Show will be on view from Sat., Apr. 28 through Sun., May 27.
The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Tues., May 1 from 5—7 p.m. with a faculty talk at 5:30.
Beyond being employed by the same university, the artists in The Faculty Show could not be more different from each other. Not only do they represent a broad spectrum of stylistic and conceptual concerns, they range widely in age and are at various stages of their teaching and artistic careers. The length of their tenure at Wesleyan also varies enormously. The now retired but still part-time teaching John Frazer, for example, began in 1959 whereas Elijah Huge who teaches architecture taught his first course last semester.
"Outside the Frame: Teaching Art in a World of Porous Boundaries," a seminar related to the exhibition, is scheduled for Sat., May 26 at 3 p.m. in Zilkha Gallery on the occasion of commencement weekend. As in other academic disciplines, the boundaries of art have expanded and, increasingly, art is not sharply defined by medium as it once was. How has the evolution of art itself influenced the teaching of art in an undergraduate program such as Wesleyan's? How does a professor's own work influence his/her teaching? How do they prepare their students for life in the art world? These and other questions will be addressed in this seminar, moderated by Zilkha's Curator of Exhibitions Nina Felshin. Panelists include Sidney Russell '07, David Schorr and Kate TenEyck.