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August Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

Posted on July 25th, 2012 by

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Invisible Elephant
Through October 13
Dorothy Jenkins Gallery & Gallery II

An ancient parable tells of six blind men who encounter a large elephant. Each man feels a different part of the elephant and defines what they are encountering based on their perspective: One man feels the elephant’s trunk and concludes its bamboo; another man touches the elephant’s ear and believes it to be a fan; a third feels the elephant’s leg and decides it’s a pillar; and so on. The underlying message of the parable is that the interpretation of information depends largely on your perspective and limited experiences. “Invisible Elephant” features new works by Theo Wujcik, a master printer and professor emeritus at the University of South Florida, and Kirk Ke Wang, a painter, sculptor, photographer and mixed media artist and professor of the visual arts at Eckerd College. For “Invisible Elephant,” Wujick and Ke Wang worked individually to produce new works based on their unique perspectives in relation to the other’s cultural background.

 David Maxim
August 25- December 1
Perkins Gallery

The elements of power and drama in David Maxim’s works are undeniable – tornadoes, masculine welders and warriors; even Maxim’s abstract pieces seem to evoke aggression. And yet, despite all of their strength, each subject reveals an equal measure of vulnerability. Maxim captures his warriors, not in the climax of battle, but in moments of weakness, facing grief, injury and death. Trapped in Maxim’s images, the characters remain suspended in their pain; the absence of relief stretches the tension further. Some characters are even literally suspended, hanging by wires like marionettes and helpless to fight the greater power. His tornadoes, too, although invincible themselves, are reminders of imminent devastation and helplessness.

Outsider vs. Folk
Through September 2
Murray and Ledger Galleries

 The term “art brut” was coined by 20th century French artist Jean Dubuffet. “Art brut,” or “raw art,” labeled the growing interest in art produced by patients in asylums and called attention to the viability of artworks produced by artists living beyond the realm of popular culture. In 1972, the term “outsider art” became the official English translation of art brut and remains the most widely accepted description. Recently, however, the American renditions of these unique artworks have spurred renewed interests and sharper criticisms. Consequently, the term “folk art,” with its more negative connotations, has become the common nomenclature. This exhibition uses pieces from PMoA’s Permanent Collection to initiate a conversation about the contemporary state of art brut.

Through August 18
Perkins Gallery

Sculpture has become a common part of modern-day life, coming in all shapes and sizes, from lawn gnomes to mannequins to public art. Sculpture was originally used for religious or political purposes, such as the Sphinxes of ancient Egypt or the idols of Mayans or Incas. Sculpture gained popularity in ancient Roman and Greek societies and was explored again during the Renaissance. Since then, sculpture has been increasingly used as an artistic medium. “3-D” showcases sculptures from the Museum’s Permanent Collection.


Exhibition of PMoA Student Art Collection
August 4 – September 1
George W. Jenkins Student Gallery

The Museum will showcase pieces from its Permanent Student Collection, which contains more than 200 pieces of student artwork.


Behind the Art
Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
COST: Free with Museum admission

 Behind the Art is a program designed to teach about the mechanics, techniques and culture behind the art of major exhibitions. This program is an all-day, self-directed activity created by the Museum’s staff to allow individuals to explore the thought process behind creating culturally aware art. Held in the Hollis Gallery, stations will be set up with directions and materials explaining how visitors can create their own pop art with a twist of Chinese culture that reflects the “Invisible Elephant” exhibition created by Kirk Ke Wang and Theo Wujcik.

Creative Studies
Saturday, August 18, 5 -7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Presenter: Steve Bissonnette
Theme: Building Conscious Community ― Work that Reconnects

The term “community” is as easily applied to a small group of people as it is the entire world. Is being part of a community simply a matter of geography, or is there a deeper meaning and sense of responsibility? During this evening we will discover how some people approach building community in a very conscious and deliberate way, then ask the question: If each of us were to undertake community building in a more conscious way, how might that express itself in both our personal and professional lives?  Join the Center for Creative Studies for wine, light hors d’oeuvres, and a program about art, spirituality, health or creativity.


The Polk Museum of Art is observing summer hours through August 31. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and major holidays.


 Family Fun Workshops
Saturdays, 10:30am – Noon
COST: FREE for everyone

Family Fun Workshops provide a safe, fun environment for families to participate together in hands-on activities led by an art educator. Workshops are held at the Museum and at facilities in Polk County as a part of our ongoing community outreach efforts.

 August Theme: Watercolor

August 4: PMoA

August 18: Auburndale Public Library


Regular museum hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1 – 5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and major holidays.

Admission is free for Museum members. General admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors (62 and older). Children and students with student IDs are admitted for free. Special exhibition fees may apply. Admission is free to all from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday mornings. The Museum is fully accessible.

Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Central Florida. The Museum is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Association of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County.



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