Eric Aho, Ice Cut (1932), 2010, oil on linen. Purchased through the Virginia and Preston T. Kelsey '58 Fund; 2015.24.1. © Eric Aho
The following exhibitions are planned in upcoming months at the Hood Museum of Art. Please note that dates and descriptions are subject to change.
January 9 through March 13, 2016
This exhibition is the first to concentrate on the series of Ice Cut paintings by the Vermont-based artist Eric Aho. The series is inspired by the hole cut in the ice in front of Finnish saunas, an aspect of Finnish culture that Aho’s family has maintained and enjoys each Sunday throughout the year. Intended for an icy immersion following the heat of the sauna, the "avanto," as it is called in Finnish, underscores and personalizes the inherent contrasts in nature. Aho began the Ice Cut series nine years ago, making one painting a year of the dark void created by the act of sawing into the thick ice. The central abstract form in these compositions provides the structure for Aho's experimentation with paint texture, surface, and subtly nuanced color, giving these frozen scenes a sense of both austere beauty and vibrant life. Aho states: "These works have led me to wonder how a single painted image can mediate an equivalent level of tension and sensation present in an individual's relationship to the physical world."
This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and generously supported the Philip Fowler 1927 Memorial Fund and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Memorial Fund.
January 16 through March 13, 2016
This exhibition presents recent acquisitions of modern and contemporary art by leading artists of African origins and different generations. Included are paintings by the pioneering modernist Ibrahim El Salahi, who was the subject of a major retrospective at the Tate Modern in 2013, and the Bremen-based artist Owusu-Ankomah, as well as photographs by Berlin-based Candice Breitz and Cape Town-based Nomusa Makubu. The exhibition’s aim is to demonstrate crucial priorities in the Hood’s mission: to represent the diversity of cultures and geographies and to reflect the global nature of contemporary art.
This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and generously supported by the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.
Last Updated: 8/3/15