Checking in at the SCAD Museum of Art

I’ve previously posted some photos of the SCAD Museum of Art, a glorious preservation/renovation/reuse of old railroad buildings just west of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue here in Savannah.

MLK was of course the old West Broad Street — the western border of downtown. The magnificent Union Station once stood a few blocks south of the SCAD MOA location, and the museum for years was housed entirely in old railway company offices in Kiah Hall. It was a nice space, but confining.

So some visiting artist friends who had already made several trips to Savannah were in town a couple of weeks ago. My old friend Kora had read something about Ursula von Rydingsvard’s massive sculptures on display at the museum, so we made that one of our stops during their short stay.

From the SCAD MOA website:

The SCAD Museum of Art presents a selection of cedar sculptures by artist Ursula von Rydingsvard. “Shadows Remain” consists of wall reliefs and monumental freestanding floor pieces that are at once abstract and referential, evoking forces of nature, anthropomorphic forms and utilitarian objects.

We also enjoyed “Rehearsals: The Practice and Influence of Sound and Movement”, which pairs various multimedia pieces with works from the Walter O. Evans Collection and “Reconstruction,” a site-specific painting by Adam Cvijanovic. From the museum website:

Deeply inspired by the museum as well as the history and landscapes of Savannah during his numerous trips to the area, Cvijanovic has created a surrealistic representation of an extruded “old Savannah” house.

Three partial landscapes—a cotton field, railroad tracks and the night sky—appear through the distorted rooms collectively combined and reconstructed into what the artist calls “a memory house.”

Other exhibitions included “Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection” in the Andre Leon Talley Gallery and “Streaming Spirits” by Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith.

Quite a nice mix of shows. Photography without flash is allowed at the SCAD Museum of Art, so I suppose it’s OK for me to post these to my blog . . .


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