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Come see us this weekend! We’re open until 5!Jonah King, “How the West Was Won”
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Posted on February 21, 2021





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Our next Cartoon Club happens March 13th when we’ll learn to draw aliens! Classes will happen virtually through Zoom from 2-3 PM or in-person at the museum from 11-12:30. Registration is required, visit rockfordartmuseum.org for details and to sign up!Best suited for ages 6+.

March 1, 2021

Come see us today! Galleries are open 10AM to 5PM. With free admission! We have two amazing feature exhibitions currently with artists Jonah King and Veronica Soria Martinez and 4 Permanent Collection exhibitions in our lower level galleries! @kingjonahking @verosoma @newgenresartspace

February 28, 2021

Today our Education and Engagement Manager Jaymee gives a little history on the life and art of one our favorite Permanent Collection artists, Lonnie Holley.https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/421656412394337

February 27, 2021

This piece from Veronica Soria Martinez’s “Memory Access” is at both times on view and not Come see what this means this weekend!* We’re here from 10 AM to 5 PM Thursday through Sunday. And! Exciting news! Admission is free for the duration of this exhibition! * Download the RAM app to access the AR feature in Martinez’s exhibition. app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum.

February 26, 2021

Today Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson talks a bit about Kerry James Marshall’s pieces in our Permanent Collection. We were lucky to have 5 limited edition relief prints on paper that were purchased and donated as a gift from the ‘Friends of Rockford Art Museum’ group in the late 1990’s. “Born in Birmingham, Alabama, before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and witness to the Watt’s riots in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience.” (MCA Chicago)https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/418201379485248/We are excited to exhibit these pieces in our upcoming summer show!

February 25, 2021

Victor Higgins, a key member of Taos, New Mexico Society of Artists, was born into a farming family in Shelbyville, IN. At the age of fifteen, he left home for Chicago where he studied at the Art Institute and the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. After studying in Chicago, Higgins travelled to Europe and continued his studies in Paris, France and Munich, Germany. Higgins returned to Chicago, but in 1914 accepted a commission to paint the landscape of Taos, New Mexico which was gaining recognition as the site of a notable artist colony. Higgins was captivated by the colony and the town and decided to stay in Taos. In 1915, he was invited to join the exclusive Taos Society of Artists. Among the artists of Taos, Higgins had a particularly unique practice. He was dedicated to painting the American West, but he was heavily influenced by the European avant-garde and the cubist art movement. Although Higgins made representational work, it is also clear that his process was a conceptual one. “The trouble with most people is that they see too much with the eye only and not enough with the inner eye, the emotions,” he told an interviewer in 1932. “A painter paints a canvas not because he wants to make a ‘picture’ so much as that he wants to solve a problem… in form, in construction, design if you prefer that term, in color harmonies.”Victor Higgins, 1919 piece “Rabbit Trackers” is currently on view in our lower level galleries as part of the American Mastery exhibition featuring pieces from our Permanent Collection.Stop in to see it Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

February 24, 2021

"Club member Myleisha Watkins said it was fun to put together. She helped paint the sun and unicorn. The 14-year-old has taken a few art classes in school but said none compare to this experience.'I want people to feel happy and have positive thoughts when they look at the mural, no negativity,' she said. 'Just know that you’re special.'"https://www.rrstar.com/story/news/2021/02/18/west-side-boys-and-girls-club-rockford-unveils-new-mural/6793038002/

February 19, 2021

Jonah King’s “How the West Was Won” features two seasoned golfers playing in the Mojave Desert intending to represent the consequences of climate change on our earth. King’s use of historical, cinematic and scientific findings help him deliver a powerful message. Come experience it soon! Galleries are open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. @newgenresartspace @kingjonahkinghttps://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/5377214355652283

February 18, 2021

Cartoon Club is back on Saturday, February 20th! During this class we’ll learn step-by-step how to draw some fun movie characters. Class is available in-person (with a very limited amount of spots and all Covid 19 precautions in place) from 11-12:30 or through Zoom from 2-3. Best suited for ages 6 and up. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for general public. Registration is required through rockfordartmuseum.org.https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/5367812329925819/

February 16, 2021

Today our Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson tells us a little bit about “Strip Quilt” by Lorraine Pettway which was created in 1974. We are so lucky to have eight of these gorgeous Gee’s Bends Quilts in our Permanent Collection thanks to a donation by Jim Hager.Gee’s Bend is a remote Black community in Alabama of around 700 people. The residents of this inland island (surrounded by the Alabama River on three sides) are mostly descendants of slaves having worked for generations the fields belonging to the local Pettway plantation. The women of this area have created hundreds of quilts dating from the early twentieth century to today. These quilts extend the expressive boundaries of the quilt genre and constitute a crucial chapter in the history of American art. They represent only a portion of the rich body of African American quilts, but quilts created here are in a league of their own. Not only are they revered for their imaginative and improvisational transformation of recycled work clothes and dresses, feed sacks and fabric remnants, but in few other places have works been found by up to four generations from the same family. Our piece pictured behind Carrie in the video is by Lorraine Pettway: “I learnt how to quilt from my grandmother Virginia. She quilted on the machine a lot, and I had to hold the quilt while she was sewing it. I was on one end and she was on the other end. I liked to be with her. I learnt how to piece quilts all on my own. It come to me, just putting stuff together. And everybody started liking what I done and asking me how I could do that. I get old clothes and tear them up and make blocks and make pretty quilts. Quilting it is the easiest part. Making it is the hard part. Nothing to quilting it. How I start to make a quilt, all I do is start sewing, and it just come to me. My daughter ask me the other day what I was making, and I said, ‘I don't know yet; I'm just sewing pieces together,’ and the quilt looked pretty good. No pattern. I usually don't use a pattern, only my mind.”Learn more about Lorraine Pettway and other Gee’s Bend Quilters at soulsgrowndeep.org.https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/246202310416107/

February 14, 2021

Today we open two new exhibitions: Jonah King: ‘How the West Was Won’ and Veronica Soria Martinez: ‘Memory Access’. These two new digital shows were curated by New Genres Art Space in collaboration with our curatorial team. We are so excited to share these new media exhibitions with you featuring immersive video and audio elements. They’re informative and challenging and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them! Admission is free opening weekend (February 12th through 14th). See you soon!

February 12, 2021

Tomorrow! Jonah King “How the West Was Won” and Veronica Soria Martinez: “Memory Access” opens at Rockford Art Museum! Stop in between 10 and 5 to be the first to see these exhibitions guest curated by New Genres Art Space. Admission is free all weekend! @newgenresartspace @kingjonahking @verosomahttps://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/5347832331923819/

February 11, 2021

Jason Judd of New Genres Art Space joins our Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson today to give you a brief overview of the two new exhibitions opening at Rockford Art Museum this week featuring Jonah King and Veronica Soria Martinez! The upcoming exhibition is a first of its kind in our galleries and we’re super excited to share it with you! Stay tuned this week for more behind-the-scenes!https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/125227516076614/

February 10, 2021

Only a couple days left to register for Friday’s Eat.Paint.Love. event! Join us for curbside carryout from @psbrewingco (beef bourguignon or vegetarian lasagna) followed by a watercolor succulent tutorial through Zoom! This is a great way to start your Valentines weekend Register at rockfordartmuseum.org.

February 8, 2021

We are lucky to have a beautiful collection of prints by photographer Manuel Carrillo on view now in our lower levels. Stop in to see them this weekend between 10 and 5!Manuel Carrillo was one of Mexico’s most notable photographers of the mid Twentieth Century. Carrillo’s personal, refreshing, and natural take on photography led him to become widely popular and awarded him the nickname “El Maestro Mexicano”. In post-Revolutionary Mexico, Carrillo, a Mexico City native, knew national Mexican identity and culture were in dire need for a unifying voice. It was at this time that the “voice of the common people” was heard through Carrillo’s inspired work. Carrillo’s photographs serve as a form of visual language that has become a critical artifact in understanding national Mexican identity and culture in the twentieth century.At first glance, Manuel Carrillo’s work aims to capture the daily life of the Mexican rural lower classes, which included street merchants, farmers, women and children. Looking closer, Carrillo’s intent for these photos is to liberate their subjects rather than romanticize them; he did this as a tribute and celebration of the human spirit. Carrillo’s commitment to his people and culture is seen in his first international exhibition, titled “Mi Pueblo'' (My people). This exhibit was held at the Chicago Public Library in 1960, launching his photographic work to mass popularity within Mexico, North America, and the world. Carrillo spent much of the last decade of his life worrying about what would become of his work after his death. He wrote to friends in El Paso a year before his death: “I always hoped that my work would go to some institution in the United States because I know it will continue circulating”. Since 1975, Carrillo’s work has been seen in 209 individual exhibitions and 27 group exhibits around the world. His photographs have been published in a variety of photographic anthologies and journals. In 1989 at the age of 83 Carrillo passed away in Mexico City, leaving behind his photographic work to speak for the culture of his people.

February 6, 2021