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Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum to Host Two Shows

Published October 7, 2013

This academic year, Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum is mounting two shows related to CVATD.

Also, for FSU Alumni & Friends:
Tuesday, February 4 @ 5:30p
FSU Alumni & Friends Reception
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Jacksonville, FL

Free admission to the museum
Private reception for FSU Alumni & Guests
Public lecture by Dr. David Areford (FSU MA Art History 1995)

Upcoming FSU related exhibitions at the Cummer Museum

The Cummer is showing “Prints of William Walmsley.” (Former professor of Art, FSU)
Where: The Thomas H. Jacobsen Gallery of American Art
When: October 29, 2013 – July 8, 2014

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More about William Walmsley

Walmsley was a long-time professor in Art, who passed away in 2003. Our own MOFA has a set of all (or most) of his prints, and helped Walmsley’s daughter find homes elsewhere for other large sets, including the Cummer. A professor at Florida State University, Bill Walmsley was known for his blatant irony, raucous humor, and shameless punning. He is also regarded as an impressive printmaker (he holds the record for the longest series of prints in the history of art) and the inventor of florescent lithography. His works are in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Muscarelle Museum at William and Mary, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mint Museum, and Columbus Museum, among others. This exhibition will highlight the works by Walmsley in The Cummer’s permanent collection.

As well, “The Art of Empathy: The Cummer Mother of Sorrows in Context”,
curated by Dr. David Areford (FSU MA Art History ’95)
Where: The Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Millner Gallery
When: November 26, 2013 – February 16, 2014

The Art of Empathy: The Cummer Mother of Sorrows in Context

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More about The Art of Empathy

This exhibition is designed to showcase a masterwork in The Cummer’s permanent collection, Mother of Sorrows (c. 1470). It is one of only five known works by the Master of the Stötteritz Altar and was declared the “most important discovery in early German painting” by art historian Colin Eisler when it entered the collection in 1984. The exhibition, curated by David S. Areford, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will present new art historical and technical research that suggests that this work is a crucial link to the most important artists of Nuremberg (especially Hans Pleydenwurff and Michael Wolgemut, the teacher of Albrecht Dürer), as well as the German painter/printmaker Martin Schongauer. Beyond the context of fifteenth-century northern European art, the exhibition aims to illuminate the rich world of late medieval religious devotion, especially the cultivation of empathy. The artistic and devotional contexts will be explored through nineteen carefully selected artworks borrowed from collections in the United States and Germany, including the National Gallery of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Walters Art Museum, Houston’s Blaffer Foundation, Davison Art Center at Wesleyan Univeristy, Munich’s Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, and Aschaffenburg’s Stiftsmuseum. The objects are arranged in two thematic sections. “Hands, Hair, and Veil: Meaningful Details” elaborates on the cultural and religious meanings of these details in relation to the cult of relics and various devotional practices. “Seeing and Weeping: Passion and Compassion” explores images and texts designed to elicit an empathetic response to Christ’s Passion and the emotional suffering of his mother Mary.