“Starcraft” evokes other worlds at the Sarah Moody Gallery

AUG 29 – OCT 4, 2013 Beverly Semmes, "Olga," silk velvet, rayon velvet, taffeta, ceramic, 2007, 7 feet x 6 feet a 10 inches x 7 feet, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf, Germany.
SEP 4, 5 p.m., Lecture by Patterson Sims, Shelby Hall 1093, UA Campus
SEP 5, 6-8 p.m. reception, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall, The University of Alabama
SEP 2 Gallery closed for Labor Day holiday

Beverly Semmes is an internationally acclaimed artist who creates environments of lush textiles and accompanying materials. Starcraft, organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, features glass and clay vessels with oversized, otherworldly cloth garments. Patterson Sims writes in the accompanying catalog: “They are costumes in search of their characters, patiently seeking and awaiting women—or maybe men, children, or a culture—big enough to wear them.” The vessels’ freeform and coarse elements contrast with the smoothness of the fabric. Sims continues, “They are objects, not objects for use.”

Semmes is the recipient of many awards and grants: an NEA Fellowship (1994-95), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1997) and an award from the Art Critics International Association (2001). She has had solo exhibitions in numerous places including: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Philip Morris Gallery, New York. Semmes lives in New York City and teaches at NYU and Pratt Institute.

SEP 4  Art scholar and curator Patterson Sims will lecture on Semmes’ work at 5:00 p.m. in 1093 Shelby Hall.  Sims’ concentration has been in  Modern and Contemporary Art fields with a specialty in American Modernism and Contemporary Art. He serves as programming and operations consultant to numerous non-profit arts institutions and museum administrations. Sims is currently consulting and working on projects with several foundations, lecturing, writing, and organizing exhibitions. He is the author of books on Ellsworth Kelly, Jan Matulka, Willie Cole, and Philip Pearlstein, Charles Burchfield, Viola Frey, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ad Reinhardt,  Hedda Sterne, James Surls, Betty Woodman, Andrew Wyeth, among others. His published interview with Beverly Semmes appears in the catalogue produced in conjunction with the exhibit Starcraft. Sims has been the Director of the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey; Deputy Director for Research Support at the Museum of Modern Art;  Associate Director for Art and Exhibitions and Curator of Modern Art at the Seattle Art Museum; and Curator of American Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Please join us on September 5 for the public reception of the exhibition Beverly Semmes: Starcraft.

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Art History. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday evening 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The gallery is located in 103 Garland Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. There is no admission charge.

Image credit: Beverly Semmes, Olga, silk velvet, rayon velvet, taffeta, ceramic, 2007, 7 feet x 6 feet a 10 inches x 7 feet, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf, Germany.