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The Birth of Two Democracies

May 30 - July 13, 2001

An exhibition featuring original letters and documents of American and Israeli independence comprise a visual celebration of the unique bond between Israel and the United States. It is believed that this is the first time America's and Israel's Declarations of Independence are being shown together.

The exhibitions treat bother the Holocaust and the rebirth of the State of Israel envisioned through original artifacts in two prominent collections. "The Parallel Visions" portion is comprised of historic letters and statements by signatories to Israel's Declaration of Independence (Proclamation) of Independence, and another collection, "The Declaration and Defense of Independence," which includes numerous letters and documents pertaining to the founding of America. The juxtaposition of American and Israeli documents showcases similarities between the two countries in their struggles for independence and demonstrates common threads binding the two countries and their people. Highlights include a rare "Force" copy of America's Declaration of Independence and "the stamp that started a revolution," a two-shilling, six-pence British tax stamp from 1765. There is also a draft autograph letter signed by George Washington in 1775 and John Hancock's signed Journals of Congress.

MFA Spring Thesis Candidate Show

May 3 - May 20, 2001

The MFA Spring Thesis Show features works by seven graduate students in the GW Department of Fine Arts and Art History. Each student has explored a medium of their choice, be it mixed media, photography, painting, ceramics, or computer graphics. The exhibition includes technical explorations in areas of light, nature, mythology, cultural tradition, and cultural stereotypes.

Annual Awards Show

April 5 - April 25, 2001

The Annual Awards Show features works by seniors and graduate students in GW's Department of Fine Arts and Art History. All works on display are eligible for various awards to be granted by a jury of art professionals. The exhibition may include recent or current students in the Maryland Federation of Art's "Emerging Artists Exhibition." The category of design will be augmented by interior design and fiber arts entries. In the area of ceramics, innovative uses of crystalline glazes, sculptural organize forms, and colored clays are characteristic of the graduate students' works.

The Luther W. Brady, M.D. Collection of 20th Century Works on Paper

March 7 - March 30, 2001

In viewing the outstanding selection of twenty-five works of art from The Picker Art Gallery, we are introduced to a broad and diverse spectrum of contemporary art. There are works, which we can appreciate by acknowledged masters and by artists with markedly regional roots. Although there is a wide range of styles and approaches to the use of media, this group of works demonstrates vitality of line and excitement in the handling of surface textures. We have chosen Jonathan Borofsky's hammering man image for the cover as an emblem of our new University Art Gallery, still a work in progress! Style and content based on tradition characterize the works of Native American artists Jaune Quick-to-see Smith and Fritz Scholder, and in the singularly lonely vision of Paul Pletka's Indian in a Snowstorm. The works of Barbara Hepworth and Lynn Chadwick are expressive of an art form in which visualizing sculpture combines with lyrical line drawing. These artists also represent the strength of English masters in Dr. Brady's collecting interests. "Enlivened space" characterizes the works of Diebenkorn and Hofmann, and landscapes of lyrical and atmospheric power are witnessed in the work of Diane Burko and John Hubbard. The vital harnessing of Primitivism in the works of Appel, Dubuffet and Jorn are in a way balanced by the debt to Picasso's Cubism is acknowledged in Motherwell's pen and ink work and the collage-like lithograph of Jasper Johns.

Truth to traditions, experimentation with diverse media, and quality: these are the features that these works all share, and we are proud to inaugurate the University Art Gallery with such celebrated works which are examples of formalism and contextual art of the twentieth century.

--Lenore Miller, Director

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