McDonough will open season with two exhibitions

Staff report


The McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University will open its fall season Friday with two new traveling exhibitions: “Salon de Fleurus” and “Kelli Connell / Double Life: Fifteen Years.”

An opening reception for both exhibitions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Both shows will run through Nov. 3.

“Salon de Fleurus” is a contemporary reconstruction of Gertrude Stein’s Paris salon that existed at 27 rue de Fleurus from 1904-34. It is a work that displays and references a story of modern art’s beginnings through one of the first gathering places for burgeoning young artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Stein herself.

It was in Stein’s salon that paintings by Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso were seen exhibited together for the first time both by her peers and art experts who spread the word back home, eventually creating the American narrative of European modern art familiar today.

From 1992 to 2014, “Salon de Fleurus” existed as a semi-private salon in lower Manhattan. Since then, it has appeared in fragments in Beirut, Paris and Los Angeles and is touring as a complete project.

A series of readings, art projects, discussions and films have been scheduled to accompany “Salon” during its run in Youngstown.

These include “Back to the World,” a visual translation of works by Stein by YSU art students; and “Veiled Tolerance,” portraits of hijab and headscarf women by Chris McCullough with an installation by Alison Begala.

For the complete schedule, call 330-941-1400.

“Kelli Connell / Double Life: Fifteen Years” is an exhibition of photographs by Connell, who will give a gallery talk from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Connell is a professor at Columbia College in Chicago. Over the course of 15 years, she created a body of work that shows the complex and layered nature of relationships.

The photos are much more than they appear on the surface. By scanning and manipulating two or more negatives, she creates a new narrative reality. Connell used the same model in each of the digitally transformed photos.

“This work represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships,” said Connell of her photographs. “Portraits of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the motivated and resigned self are portrayed. By combining multiple photographic negatives of the same model in each image, the dualities of the self are defined by body language and clothing worn.”

The McDonough, 525 Wick Ave., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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