Fall Guide 2012
Fall Guide 2012: Visual Arts
Published: September 26, 2012
It's a relatively quiet fall season, speaking visually. The traditional gala fundraisers, Halloween-related exhibitions and fresh-air art festivals return, with their high potential for holiday gift purchases, as usual; but flashes of brilliance are there if you look.
Rollins' Cornell Fine Arts Museum offers a bust-out gamut-spanning three-gallery takeover with its group fiber-and-textile show, The Mysterious Content of Softness. The Atlantic Center for the Arts, generally home to a highly intellectual stripe of artists, hosts three cartoonists for its Residency #147 – their outreach presentations, scheduled for Oct. 15, 16 and 18, promise to be standing room only. With his Creative City Project, Cole NeSmith turns the city of Orlando into a canvas for all of October. And for a more focused experience, the Morse Museum presents a close look at a recent acquisition, Lockwood de Forest's punningly titled 1880 oil painting, "The Wreck."
Dr. Sergio Cortesini
Lecture on the topic "One Day We Must Meet: The Diplomacy of Modern Italian Art in Franklin Roosevelt's America." Between 1933 and 1940, the Fascist regime in Italy used fine art as a propaganda tool, in an attempt to soften its militaristic and belligerent reputation through the museums and galleries of America. Cortesini, a modern art professor at the University of Pisa, examines the use of this strategy – its success on cultural terms (Italy is still seen as a cultural capital) but eventual failure on the political level. 6 pm Thursday; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-646-2526; rollins.edu/cfam.
La Maschera Goes Roaring '20s Speakeasy-themed fundraiser with music by the Z Street Band, cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a dessert bar and a silent auction; proceeds benefit the Downtown Arts District. 7 pm Friday; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $50; 407-704-6261; orlandoslice.com.
Opening Reception for The Power of Two and Spatial Relationships Two new exhibitions open: one displays the work of three local artist couples, exploring the influence of their relationships on their art; the other pulls from the permanent collection, pairing works with related form, color or compositions (see Selections, page 85). Both exhibits through Dec. 30. 6-8 pm Friday; Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $3; 407-539-2181; artandhistory.org.
Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23
Sanford Art Walk Monthly art party with art displays in various venues along First Street. 6 pm Friday; downtown Sanford; free; 407-302-2586; sanfordwelcomecenter.com.