The Faulconer Gallery presents exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists throughout the year in 7,420 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibition space at the heart of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Exhibitions in the Print and Drawing Study Room and Burling Gallery, located on the lower level of Burling Library, focus on objects in the Grinnell College Art Collection as well as objects directly related to Grinnell College classes during the spring and fall semesters. Click on the links below for exhibitions current, future, and past, as well as student-curated exhibitions resulting from Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs) and the Gallery's triennial Exhibition Seminar.
Start by Asking Questions: Works from the Faulconer and Rachofsky Collections, Dallas
September 18 – December 13, 2015
How does a collector decide what to buy? Why would a collector buy something challenging or puzzling? Asking questions is fundamental to the collecting process and to understanding art, particularly contemporary art. Start by Asking Questions, drawn from the collections of Vernon ’61 and Amy Hamamoto Faulconer ’59 and Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, brings 46 works of art to Grinnell from The Warehouse, a space the collectors share in Dallas, Texas. With works by Janine Antoni, Eric Fischl, Mark Grotjahn, William Kentridge, Sigmar Polke, Yinka Shonibare, Kara Walker and others, the exhibition excites the mind and the senses with many provocative questions, and serves as a fitting tribute to Vernon Faulconer, who passed away in August.
Current Styles in African Illustration
Burling Gallery, October 26 – December 18
This exhibition highlights a diverse selection of some of the best talents in children's illustration in Africa. It showcases current and distinctive styles coming from various regions on the continent. The illustrations are submissions to the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators. Golden Baobab founder Deborah Ahenkorah is a recipient of the 2015 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize.
Beverly Semmes: FRP
January 29 – March 20, 2016
In her Feminist Responsibility Project, Beverly Semmes conjures the work of a committee of rogue censors charged with the revision of 70s-era male "pictorial literature." In addition to this ongoing project, the exhibition also features Semmes's work in other media: glass, ceramic, and video, as well as three of her signature dress pieces, including one acquired by the Faulconer Gallery in 2014.
Siberia: In the Eyes of Russian Photographers
January 29 – March 20, 2016
This exhibition is a geographical portrait that has the potential to alter stereotypes about a famously remote region. Photographs span more than 130 years, beginning with the late 19th century and continuing until the present. The images include rural and urban scenes, landscapes, native peoples, agriculture and industry, Russian frontier settlements, the Gulag, religion, and just plain everyday life. Leah BenDavid Val curated the traveling exhibition, organized by Foundation of International Arts and Education.
A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth
Open to Interpretation
May 15 – August 2, 2015
Curated by Tilly Woodward, Curator of Academic and Community Outreach, and Lesley Wright, Director
The Faulconer Gallery collection is filled with intriguing and curious works of art, which can be enjoyed or interpreted in many different ways. This summer exhibition brings together a range of works and asks visitors to provide comments and captions, selections of which will be shared for others to enjoy and ponder.
Against Reason: Anti/Enlightenment Prints by Callot, Hogarth, Piranesi, and Goya
April 3 – August 2, 2015
Against Reason explores the darker side of the Enlightenment by asking, among other things: What are the dangers of secularism, nationalism, and a scientific method that dismisses rather than exalts the qualities that make us both human and humane? This pan-European show includes works by four of the most acclaimed draftsmen of France, England, Italy, and Spain, respectively. Against Reason was curated by students Elizabeth Allen ‘16, Timothy McCall ‘15, Mai Pham ‘16, Maria Shevelkina ‘15, Dana Sly ‘15, Hannah Storch ‘16, and Emma Vale ‘15, who designed the exhibition and wrote the catalogue during the exhibition seminar (Fall 2014) directed by Vanessa Lyon, assistant professor of art history.
This exhibition includes a loan of four prints from the Legacies for Iowa, A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.
French Posters from the Lenny Seidenman Collection
Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College has received a bequest of 14 posters and lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, and others from the estate of William M. Moore. The collection, named The Lenny Seidenman Collection, Bequest of William M. Moore, in memory of Nina Seidenman ’71, honors both Mr. Moore’s deceased wife, who attended Grinnell College for 2 years and remembered her time with great pride, and his father-in-law, Lenny Seidenman, who collected the art while doing Jewish relief work in Paris just after World War II.
In the collection are 3 posters (including the iconic Divan Japonais) and 7 lithographs by Toulouse-Lautrec, a poster by Bonnard, 3 posters by Jules Chéret, and a large theatrical poster by Bécon. The works are now on view in the Print and Drawing Study Room on the lower level of Burling Library.
1954 Korea: After the Korean War
Photographs by Cliff Strovers
March 23 – May 17, 2015
Life-long Grinnell resident Cliff Strovers was stationed in Pusan (Busan), South Korea in 1953, as part of the 44th Engineering Construction Group after the Korean War. As he helped rebuild the country’s infrastructure, he took photographs of daily life around him. In recent years, he rediscovered the photographs, digitized them and began exhibiting them first in South Korea and now in Iowa. His photographs provide one view of Koreans as they recovered from war 60 years ago.
Organized by the Grout Museum District, Waterloo, Iowa.
Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX)
April 10 – May 3, 2015
Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX) features work by third and fourth-year art students – both majors and students in other majors who work intensively in studio. Students coordinate the exhibition with support from the Faulconer staff: from the submission of proposals, to the selection of a juror, to the installation and awarding of prizes.
Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument; Playing it Forward: German Expressionism to Expressionism Today; The Education Project Photo Exhibition; Dark Commander: The Art of John Scott; War and Peace Project; Edward Burtynsky: Water
Quiet Smiles; Complex Conversations: Wilie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works; Between These Pages: Collective Memories In Art; Journeys of Wonder: From Curiosity to Insight BAX: Bachelor of Arts Exhibition Scott Hocking; Quality Uncertainty: The Market for Lemons; Jill Davis Schrift: Works in Clay Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles From Wunderkammer to the Modern Museum, 1606-1884 Decay: The Ephemeral Body in Art
PORTFOLIO: Artists Work in Series; Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection;Constructing Nature; Breach; we're all in this together; Robert Polidori: Selected Works; Animals Among Us; Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX) 2013; Scott Hudson: Wild Horses; Margaret Whiting: Environmental Concerns; Lorna Bieber: From a Distance
Liz Steketee: Family Album; Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in Iowa; From the Book Forest: Commercial Publishing in Late Imperial China; Chinese Propaganda Posters, 1949-1979; Bare Bones: Art as Social Satire; Sandow Birk's American Qur'an; Student Art Salon 2012; There's Something Happening Here;Jenny Holzer's Inflammatory Essays; 1966 Yearbook Project; Student Art Salon 2012
Bryan Drury: Feast; Harry Shearer: Silent Echo Chamber; Michael Van den Besselaar: Unconscious Optics; Mark Wagner: Face Value; Sandow Birk: American Qur'an; Laughing Matters: Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev's Thaw, 1956-1964; Culturing Community: Projects About Place; Kind Favor, Kind Letter: Kate Carr, Tatiana Ginsberg, Lee Emma Running; Of Fables and Folly: Diane Victor, Recent Work; Ar(t)chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990; Women in Conflict; Student Art Salon 2011
Student Curated Exhibitions
One of the features of the Faulconer Gallery's exhibition program is its support of student-curated exhibitions that are the fulfillment of Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs), internships at the Faulconer Gallery, or the Exhibition Seminar, a combined course and exhibition directed by faculty members of the Department of Art in partnership with the Faulconer Gallery. The Seminar's purpose is to support students in the organization of an exhibition from the College's permanent collection based on subject matter, criteria, and objects selected entirely by the student participants. They set the exhibition checklist, supervise the design and installation, and write essays about their selected works that are compiled in a professionally designed and illustrated exhibition catalog published by the Faulconer Gallery. Follow the links below to see past student-curated exhibitions, and visit our publications page to find catalogs available for purchase.