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Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum: A New Year of Visual Arts


Tamara Kostianovsky: Botanical Revolution exhibition installation view, courtesy of Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum

 

The new year is a time to honor the past and welcome in the excitement of the future, and Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum’s incredible selection of exhibitions this year reflects this perfectly. The museum both celebrates prolific visual artists of the past and also highlights exciting artists of the present.


Currently on view at The Baker Museum through April 7 is Tamara Kostianovsky’s Botanical Revolution. Based in New York City, Kostianovsky explores her Argentinian heritage and humanity’s relationship with nature by creating sculptures made of recycled textiles. Looking a little closer to home, patrons have the chance to see artwork by Yanira Collado, Mernet Larsen, and Pepe Mar—contemporary artists based in the Sunshine State—as part of Florida Contemporary 2023-24, on view through June 30. Other exhibitions at the museum this season take a more thematic approach in line with our organization’s 2023-24 season theme, Artistic Senses—See, Hear, Taste. In this vein are two exhibitions that implore audiences to see and hear the stories of what we taste. The Art of Food, on view through March 10, explores the concept of food beyond its innate purpose for survival and instead examines its relationship to culture and community with works by 20th- and 21st-century artists from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Meanwhile, The Face of Immokalee celebrates the diverse individuals in a community most known for its contributions to agriculture—a town just an hour outside of Naples, Florida. This impactful exhibition is on view through April 28.


Left: Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987). New England Clam Chowder from Campbell’s Soup II portfolio, 1969. Screenprint on paper, 35 x 23 in. 13 in an edition of 250. Bank of America Collection.

Middle: Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987). New England Clam Chowder from Campbell’s Soup II portfolio, 1969. Screenprint on paper, 35 x 23 in. 13 in an edition of 250. Bank of America Collection.

Right: The Face of Immokalee exhibition installation view, courtesy of Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum

 

This year marks the centennial of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and The Baker Museum celebrates the momentous occasion with the first major exhibition dedicated to the composer’s passion for the visual arts with George Gershwin and Modern Art: A Rhapsody in Blue, opening February 10. On March 13, guest curator Olivia Mattis, Ph.D., will present a lecture on Gershwin’s lesser-known admiration of—and talent for—the visual arts. But the celebration doesn’t stop there! Artis—Naples presents a variety of Gershwin-related programming this season, including Naples Philharmonic Masterworks performances of Rhapsody in Blue, conducted by David Robertson, and An American in Paris, conducted by Artistic and Music Director Designate Alexander Shelley; a performance and a lecture by friend of the Gershwin family Michael Feinstein; and various other lectures and presentations.


The Baker Museum continues with striking exhibitions this season that both celebrate traditions and welcome those who break them. Selections from the Ahmet Ertegün Collection, on view February 10 through June 16, highlight the art collection of the founder and president of Atlantic Records himself. Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop | Works from the Bank of America Collection, on view starting April 6, displays rare complete portfolios and individual prints from one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement. Tradition Interrupted, running May 4 through July 28, explores how artists weave contemporary ideas with traditional artistic practices.


For tickets and further information, please visit artisnaples.org.

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