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Monday, December 02, 2019
Announcing Art Basel Week Major Museum Shows
Announcing Art Basel Week Major Museum Shows
Nov 21 at 8:42 AM
Major Shows Announced for Art Basel Week at the Boca Raton Museum of Art
The Boca Raton Museum of Art
announces two major exhibitions during Art Basel Week in South Florida
this year. The two artists each present solo exhibitions that sound a
clarion call for environmental awareness to protect our planet. They are
both from New York, and are nationally acclaimed -- Maren Hassinger and Clifford Ross.
Left: photographer Clifford Ross capturing hurricane waves in the surf.
Right: artist Maren Hassinger calls attention to nature in one of her performance art installations
Every December during Art Basel Miami Beach
and Miami Art Week, the global spotlight shines on Miami for one of the
world’s leading art fairs, attracting 70,000+ collectors, cultural
leaders, artists and media influencers from around the world.
are the details about these two must-see shows at the Boca Raton Museum
of Art. The power of nature is unleashed this season, with these new
exhibitions Clifford Ross: Waves, and Maren Hassinger: Tree of Knowledge. These two shows remind us of nature's ability to inspire us, despite the over-saturation of screens and technology.
Clifford Ross: Waves
On view now through March 1st
Clifford Ross exhibition features a new approach to his monumental
depictions of ocean waves that the artist captures during extreme
result is the most comprehensive survey of his process ever shown in a
museum. Ross dramatically presents the monstrous power of the seas in
his new show at a crucial moment in time for our planet: the United Nations recently issued a major new report warning that the dangerous effects of climate change on our oceans is much worse than previously thought.
The new findings
warn about warming oceans and damaged ecosystems. Sea levels are rising
faster than previously predicted, glaciers and ice sheets melting more
rapidly than expected, shrinking the fisheries that feed millions.
new report warns that many cities around the world will experience
annual flooding events by 2050 that previously occurred only once per
world's oceans have been warming since 1970 and have absorbed 90
percent of the planet's excess heat, killing off vast stretches of coral
reefs. Absorbing massive amounts of carbon has made the ocean more
acidic and inhospitable to corals that millions of species depend on for
I first began photographing these hurricane waves 30 years ago, most of
us were unaware that global warming was seriously damaging our oceans,” said Clifford Ross.
“Now, as I look back on my work, it takes on a whole new meaning.”
Watch the dramatic video here of Clifford Ross in the surf photographing hurricane waves.
On the subject of Clifford Ross: Waves, Irvin Lippman,
executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, said: “It would
seem obvious that a museum with a coastal address such as ours would
naturally be ever fascinated by the subject of waves. The subject of
Clifford’s photographs in this new exhibition, however, goes deeper into
the unpredictable shapes of waves, as much about abstraction as
effect of being engulfed in a room full of his work is profound,
causing some viewers to claim they can actually hear the sound of the
ocean waves although there is no sound component.
Clifford Ross, Wood Wave LIV, 2017. Triptych UV cured ink on maple veneer.
Ross is celebrated worldwide for his Hurricane Waves series, monumental images that were photographed
by the artist during storms and while hurricanes were offshore, while
he was attached by a tether to his assistant who remained on land as Ross braved the ocean surf.
Clifford Ross capturing hurricane waves in the surf.
size of these images is humbling. The angle of vision, from as low as
possible, is calculated to inspire awe. The waves dominate us, framed or
cropped; we feel their full force.
These waves invoke the power of wind as well as the power of water, the great cyclical forces of nature that generate energy.
major survey includes his monumental hurricane wave images. The
exhibition also features a site-specific installation of extremely
large-scale prints on wood, as well as the artist’s Digital Waves - A
computer generated video displayed on an LED wall that has been acquired
by the museum for its collection.
sections include: the Horizons series (photographs that explore
movement with the added power of obstruction); his Hurricane Scrolls;
and the Grains series of bold abstract works exploring the purity of
pure abstraction of the Grains series is an antidote to the hurricane, a
space to calm down. A quiet end to this stormy story where we can
recompose our thoughts,” said Clifford Ross.
it explores the limits of photography and abstraction, this exhibition
is also a dramatic declaration about climate change.
exhibition is a thorough survey of my working methods,” said Ross. “an
effort to show all the ways I have approached the subject of ocean
waves. But there’s also a deeper theme of addressing climate change –
unavoidable in this day and age."
the apocalyptic quality of the show does not erase the basic lyricism
and beauty that I see in nature. When I started out, wanting to
celebrate nature by creating bodies of work that were an homage to the
sublime, I didn’t understand that the images were also capturing
evidence – evidence of our negative impact on nature."
ferocity, the forms of these waves were partially due to global
warming. This project has come full circle, as much a meditation on the
medium of photography as it is a photographic reflection of our world,”
said Clifford Ross.
Maren Hassinger: Tree of Knowledge
On view now through March 1st
Also featured during Art Week is Maren Hassinger: Tree of Knowledge.
Renowned sculptor and performance artist Maren Hassinger was
commissioned by the museum for a residency that explored the staying
power of nearby Pearl City, Boca Raton’s historic African-American
The majestic 100-year-old banyan tree at Pearl City is the inspiration for Maren Hassinger's Tree of Knowledge.
This is the largest installation that Hassinger has ever created in her long and celebrated career. Her new site-specific installation is based on Pearl City’s landmark, the "Tree of Knowledge."
majestic, 100-year-old banyan tree still stands today and is protected
by the Historic Preservation laws. The tree has served the people of
Pearl City since the dawn of the 20th century, as a gathering place for
sharing stories and communal spirit.
Hassinger’s new exhibition also features the installation Love- an experiential portal for visitors to walk through. As the entranceway into the museum’s main galleries, it surrounds visitors with hundreds of recycled pink plastic bags that cover the walls.
The shopping bags are filled with the air of human breath, and contain human love notes inside.
by Maren Hassinger. This installation serves as the entryway featuring
hundreds of recycled pink plastic bags, surrounding visitors.The bags
are filled with human breath and contain human love notes.
Hassinger vigorously engaged the public to recreate the tree’s aerial roots by gathering many groups over several months. People from the community and visitors to the museum spent hundreds of hours twisting by hand thousands of recycled newspapers.
banyan “branches” are suspended from the ceiling of the main gallery,
representing the community-based “Creation-Stations.” The participants’
names have been incorporated into the monumental new work.
want visitors to the museum to think about the endurance of the tree
and the endurance of the people who live beside it," said Maren
Hassinger. "I hope they realize it’s possible to build a world in which, like this installation, people work together side by side. Both the tree and the residents have inspired me with their mutual endurance."
artist Maren Hassinger with children from Pearl City, the historic
African American neighborhood where the majestic 100-year-old banyan
tree, the "Tree of Knowledge," still stands today.
new reports, the United Nations warns that fires such as those causing
de-forestation in the Amazon elevate concerns for the planet’s natural
life support systems. This global call to action urges countries,
companies and consumers to build a new relationship with nature.
destruction of the world’s largest rainforest calls attention to the
need to prevent ecosystems from declining to a point of no return, with dire consequences for humanity.
year, the leading scientists of the world warned that civilization was
in jeopardy due to forest clearance, over-usage of land, climate change,
and pollution, putting a million species at risk of extinction.
new installation is about nature as knowledge and about education. The
twisted ropes of newspaper are made of words and stories.
hope the community and all of the visitors to the museum take a moment
to think about the materials used in the project, which are not
traditional art materials, and realize that this giant project was made
not by artists, but by the public, working together," adds Maren
adults and children from the community welcomed my project with
enthusiasm and proceeded to twist and twist to create the aerial
branches. Their enthusiasm and spirit of camaraderie is uplifting and
contagious," says Hassinger.
is a natural material, made from trees, and throughout the installation
there are fans that evoke the wind blowing gently through nature, as
opposed to the hurricane winds of Ross’s work.
the theme of nature for our new season at the Museum, how appropriate
that Maren Hassinger would choose this legendary tree, known as the Tree
of Knowledge, as the subject for her site-specific installation,” said
Irvin Lippman, the executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Tree of Knowledge in Pearl City (photo by Aylin Tito)
its inception to its installation, this has involved audiences of all
ages from every corner of our community to participate in the making of
the aerial roots from streams of recycled newspapers. Much in the manner of the Banyan tree, we are all connected to one another,” adds Irvin Lippman.
MORE ABOUT THE TWO ARTISTS
More About Clifford Ross
works of Clifford Ross are held in the collections of the J. Paul Getty
Museum in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the
Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. He is the editor of the
book Abstract Expressionism: Creators and Critics, and is Chairman of
the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. His work has been widely exhibited
in the United States, Europe, Brazil and China. He has lectured in
numerous university and museum settings, including Princeton, Yale, and
New York University. Ross is a member of the Yale School of Art Dean's
Hassinger has work held in the permanent collections of the Hammer
Museum in Los Angeles; the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African
American History & Culture in Baltimore; the California African
American Museum in Los Angeles; Portland Museum of Art; The Studio
Museum in Harlem; Williams College Art Museum in Williamstown; and the
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.
many awards include: the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s
Caucus for Art, Maryland Institute College of Art; Joan Mitchell
Foundation Grants; Anonymous Was a Woman; and the Pollock-Krasner
Foundation, among others.
￼ Celebrating our 70th anniversary in 2020, the Boca Raton Museum of Art encompasses a creative campus that includes the Museum in Mizner Park, Art School, and an Artists Guild. As the "Official Art Museum of the City of Boca Raton," the Museum has provided seven decades of cultural and artistic service to the community, and to many visitors from around the world. Open 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Thursdays; and 12:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.bocamuseum.org for more information.