Michael S. Currier Center

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Past Shows

Chuck Ginnever

April 1 – May 18, 2018

Chuck Ginnever is best known for his large-scale open form works for the outdoors. The first of these was started in 1958 with abandoned railroad ties and structural steel. The result was a deconstruction of prevailing sculptural spatial concepts that has continued to the present.

Since 1965 purchased materials have been used to create works placed throughout the U.S. & Australia. He currently resides at his studio farm in rural Vermont.

Kayla Risko: You, of All Seas

January 7- March 30, 2018

Alyssa Hinton: Earth Consciousness & Cultural Revelations

October 8 – December 22, 2017

Earth Consciousness & Cultural Revelations draws upon powerful concepts of indigenous people, which revolve around a holistic understanding of the universe, the human connection to the universe, and relationship to the self. These concepts are found through representations of animals, elements, earth, and sky denoting a reawakening to Native American philosophy.

Eye of the Song: Visual Art by Musicians

April 5 – May 20, 2017

Music blows in like a storm, from parts unknown and unexpected directions, rattling the rafters. In the stillness of its center there is a vision—the Eye Of The Song. This multi-media exhibition celebrates visual work created by artists better known for their music. These musician/artists are revered for their work in musical genres ranging from “old-time” rock and jazz to folk-punk and Czech bluegrass. Many had extensive formal training in photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, or print-making before finding themselves in prominent musical careers. Some are self-taught. But for all, Eye of the Song is a rare treat and an affecting glimpse into rich, surprising connections between the visual and the sonic.

Curated by Susan Brearey, the coordinator of the Michael S. Currier Center Art Gallery, the show will be on view from April 5-May 20th. Artists include, Sam Amidon, Sam Andrew, Anna & Elizabeth, Pete Bernhard, Justin Vivian Bond, John Cohen, Cynthia Connolly, Tim Eriksen, Polly Frizzell, David Getz, Sean Greene, Peter Himmelman, Bob Johnson, Norman Kennedy, Peter Lewis, Robin MacArthur, Lubos Malina, Bob Neuwirth, Jan Ori, Ida Pearle, James Roberto, Peter Rowan, Donald Saaf, Rowland Salley, Frank Sansone, Austin Tufts, Butch Vig, Steve West, and Putney alumni David Amram ’48, John Byrne Cooke ’58, Willa ’05 and Glenna Van Nostrand and surprise guests.

Zanes & Saaf Team Up For A Whimsical Art Show

January 22 – March 30, 2017

Collaborators in art and life Julia Zanes and Donald Saaf joined forces on an enchanted shared show of paintings and mixed media sculpture in the Currier Art Gallery. Both Zanes and Saaf regularly teach in the Evening Arts program, in addition to being parents of Olaf ’17 and Isak ’15.

The Putney School Arts Faculty Exhibition

December 8, 2016 – January 20, 2017

Work by:

Briony Morrow-Cribbs, Printmaking and Illustration
Gordon Jones, Painting
Lynne Weinstein, Photography
Melissa Johnson, Weaving and Fiber Arts
Naomi Lindenfeld, Ceramics
Rodrigo Nava, sculpture
Susan Brearey, Painting and Drawing

Cai Xi Retrospective: The Individual & Collective Self

September 10 – November 6, 2016

Through a multidisciplinary practice that bridges performance, installation, painting, video, and the culinary arts, Cai Xi tackles formidable subjects, from identity to community to the complicated history of communism in her native China. This retrospective is the first comprehensive show of her long and varied artistic career. It includes works made during China’s Cultural Revolution when Cai lived with her parents and worked as a set painter in their communist theater company. The technical mastery Cai attained in these early years, as well as her high achievement on rigorous standardized tests, earned her entry into one of the first graduating classes after the Cultural Revolution.

A few years after her graduation Cai left China for New York, where she traded traditional oil paints and artist brushes for cement shovels, utility mops and house paint. Her works became monolithic and abstract, drawing on the sensory experiences and frenetic activity of New York City streets. “I realized that anything could be art,” says Cai, “I became interested in the perspective and experience of the individual rather than the collective.” Her work shifted again when she moved to Vermont. Compelled by her community’s economic distress during the recession, Cai created performance and installation pieces including “Pink Slip Project” and “Our Meal Table” that gave voice to collective and individual experiences of shame and loss.

Also an artist in the kitchen, Cai’s studio, gallery and community art space also serves as a Dim Sum catering service. “I realized that food is art” says Cai, “I began to cook for myself and my neighbors, to connect with people through food and shared meals.” Cai has become a maker who nourishes her viewers on many levels—her retrospective puts on display, for the first time, a lifetime of artworks steeped in empathy, curiosity, and cultural fluency—effortlessly combining traditional skill with a flexible and cutting intellect. Don’t miss it.

Steven P. Perkins “i see everything, i understand nothing”

April 1- May 15, 2015

“Being disoriented can help to see things freshly,” says Steve. “Step into the shoes of the perpetual traveler, immigrant, student, and seeker. We provide the passport for a journey, and you are asked to activate your senses by moving from place to place.”

In the spring of 2014, Steve, father of a current Putney School student, was a guest artist for several days in Aspen Golann’s Conceptual Art class. During that time, he connected with Putney students and invited them numerous times to his home in Rye Brook, NY. The ideas for this show were formulated through long brainstorming sessions about stepping outside of the little bubble of one’s self and opening up to other cultures. Rather than simply put up an exhibition of Steve’s international work, their idea was to engage fellow students, faculty, and administration of The Putney School through active participation. The result is a collaboration among Steve, the students, and the many others who have contributed their efforts and energies up to this point—and those who will continue to add to the installations throughout the duration of the show.

The Putney School Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

September 15 – November 10, 2014

Justin Altman, digital film and photography
Susan Brearey, painting
Melissa Johnson, weaving
Gordon Jones, painting
Naomi Lindenfeld, ceramics
Briony Morrow-Cribbs, printmaking
Rodrigo Nava, sculpture
Helen O’Donnell, printmaking
Lynne Weinstein, photography

Sally Mann ’69 ‘Then and Now’


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