Opening in February 2018
Georges Rouault: LE CIRQUE and Barbara Morgan: DANCING ATOMS
The Chapel Art Center is pleased to present a pair of exhibitions exploring the evocative work of two artists working on opposite sides of the Atlantic in the early decades of the 20th century.
The circus and its performers are a recurring theme in the long career of French Expressionist Georges Rouault. Under his hand, depictions of acrobats, clowns, and dancer took on new shades of political and emotional resonance, with the figures serving as stand-ins for the downtrodden and humble lower classes. The color aquatints that make up Rouault's print series Le Cirque were completed for a never-finished album folio project in 1930. Reunited in the Chapel Art Center gallery as a series, Le Cirque offers a rare opportunity to trace the evolution of Rouault's style at a critical moment in his career.
American photographer Barbara Morgan (1900-1992) is best-known for her evocative photographs of modern dancers, in particular her long and fruitful partnership with dance pioneer Martha Graham. Morgan's photographs capture graceful and athletic figures in moments of heightened energy and motion. Her exploration of movement and kinetic energy on film extended to early experiments with photomontage and light drawing. Dancing Atoms presents a survey of Morgan's New York years, from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Georges Rouault: LE CIRQUE and Barbara Morgan: DANCING ATOMS will be on view from February 16 - May 5, 2018.