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PingX - The NEW Saginaw Art Museum App!
What if you could experience the Saginaw Art Museum virtually? With our new smartphone application, hosted by New Zealand-based technology and telecommunications company PingX, you can do just that! From entrance to exhibit to exit, PingX connects you and your museum via your mobile device with location relevant content and engagement.
Download and install the PingX app on your smartphone on your next visit to SAM! Once installed, your phone will know where you are located within the museum, and will automatically pull up information relevant to the gallery you're in and the history of what you are looking at. We’re very excited to introduce this technological wonder, and we hope you'll take advantage of it on your next visit!
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
Discuss the book and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese in SAM's Charles Platt Italianate Gardens with Assistant Curator of Arts & Education, Eric Birkle
Tuesday, November 15th at 5pm
Eye on Arts
The Eye on Arts Program is a weekly (Sunday) review of arts and cultural programming presented by the Saginaw Art Museum, Temple Theatre, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Choral Society, and Pit & Balcony Theatre. Funded by a private foundation, the program is a collaborative effort between the Saginaw News, Saginaw Valley State University, and Delta College, administered by the Saginaw Art Museum. The program's primary goal is to heighten awareness of arts and culture opportunities and experiences in the Greater Saginaw Area, encouraging attendance and support for the entities reviewed. Its secondary goal is to provide an avenue for the younger demographic to play a role in the development and sustainability of attendance and awareness of arts and cultural institutions in the community.
To see the most recently written reviews of the Saginaw Art Museum's exhibitions and programming, click here.
Highlights from the Collection
Susan Pumford, Untitled, Acrylic on canvas, 1990
This work belongs to the stylistic movement known as abstract expressionism, which developed in New York in the 1940s and was the first art movement originating in America to achieve international influence. The style exhibits a combination of the emotional intensity found in German Expressionist work from the early 20th century, and the aesthetic preferences of the concurrent anti-figural abstract schools in Europe, such as Cubism and Futurism.
Utilizing a technique made famous by Jackson Pollock, artist Susan Pumford applied paint to this oversized canvas by flinging it off the end of her paintbrush, allowing the paint to run off the end of freshly-dipped stir sticks, and by pouring it directly onto the surface. The layers of pure, unmixed colors reflect Pumford’s unrestrained spontaneity, and are symbolic of isolate emotion. A local philanthropist, Pumford has maintained a close relationship with the Saginaw Art Museum for many years, and has been one of the museum’s greatest supporters.