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On Dwelling: Audubon, Van Ast, and Wolterstorff Exhibitions

September 3 – October 19, 2019 | Center Art Gallery

This fall, the Center Art Gallery encourages us to consider the spaces in which we dwell. The Permanent Collection Gallery highlights images new to Calvin’s collection: selected prints from Audubon’s Birds of America featuring species that make this continent their home. Gallery 1 showcases furniture from the private collection of Nicholas and Claire Wolterstorff, and Gallery 2 features work by artist John Van Ast, whose wood-turned vessels prompt us to consider source and resources, learning from and listening to materials. Each exhibition combines spheres of art, functionality, and design.

Exhibition Reception | September 25, 6 – 9 p.m.

Join for a celebratory reception and opportunity to meet the artists and collectors. Refreshments served.

John James Audubon: Selections from the Permanent Collection

A curated selection of prints from the complete 1966 set of Audubon’s Birds of America. Originally published between 1827 and 1838, Birds of America contains over 400 colored illustrations made from engraved plates–images featuring a vast array of birds that dwell in the United States. Enjoy a look into this recent addition to Calvin’s permanent collection. Co-sponsored by the Hekman Library. Calvin thanks the late Udean Burke for the generous donation to the Calvin permanent collection.

Wolterstorff Collection Exhibition (Gallery 1)

Wegner chairs: selected from the private collection of Nicholas and Claire Wolterstorff. Danish designer Hans Jørgensen Wegner (1914-2007) is world renowned for his Scandinavian-style Mid-century Modern aesthetic: his clean lines and life-as-art approach blur boundaries between functionality, art, and design.

I Only Enhance What’s Already There John Van Ast (Gallery 2)

Artist and woodturner John Van Ast creates work that reveals the natural beauty of its source. He shares: “Turning is a pilgrimage, getting away from daily routine and self imposed expectations…Wood enhances my senses–the beauty, the color, the smell, the texture…Wood communicates with me, whether the tree is standing, cut up into logs or planks, if only I know how to listen.” Van Ast’s work invites us to consider materials, process, space, and our environment.

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