From the Director
As I pause to reflect on where we are in our progress of reinventing the Saginaw Art Museum, one word comes to mind. MOMENTUM.
Thanksgiving Day Closure
The Saginaw Art Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015.
Macy's After Hours
Tuesday, December 8
Family Day at the Saginaw Art Museum
Saturday, December 5
To compliment the exhibition entitled Ansel Adams: Masterworks, the Saginaw Art Museum will provide an art project for all ages from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, December 5th. The project, inspired by the work of the late American photographer Ansel Adams, will encourage a hands-on education, and will involve building a camera and using it to take photos!
There is no advanced technology required; rather, those interested in participating are asked to bring with them one or several “found objects” that they will use to construct their own camera. Such objects may include boxes, oatmeal containers, Pringles containers, or any sort of carton that can easily be cleaned out and used to make what is known as a pinhole camera. A pinhole camera is a variation on the Camera obscura and contains no lens but features a small aperture or pinhole. Light from a scene passes through the pinhole and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. The effect was noted in the 5th century BC in China and has been refined over the centuries.
Holiday Sweater Fest!
Beginning Friday, November 28th wear your "ugliest" holiday sweater to the Saginaw Art Museum and receive FREE admission. This offer is applicable during regular business hours and runs through 3pm on Christmas Eve. Limit one free admission per sweater.
With your permission, museum staff will photograph you in your "ugly" sweater and post it to our Facebook page. The visitor with the largest amount of likes and shares will be awarded a complimentary Individual Membership!
Understanding Abstract Art by Frank Whitford
Discuss the book and enjoy coffee with Assistant Curator Eric Birkle
Tuesday, December 8th at 10am
Highlights from the Collection
William Wendt, Autumn Woods, ca. 1914
American artist William Wendt was born in 1865 in Bentzen, Germany, and in 1880, at the age of fifteen, immigrated to the United States with his family. In 1894 and again in 1896, Wendt traveled and painted with his friend George Gardner Symons, initially visiting England and California, and later traveling to the American East Coast, Germany, and France. He married sculptor Julia Bracken in 1906, and the couple subsequently moved to California, where Wendt traveled to the hard to reach areas of the countryside in search of inspiration. An esteemed artist in his day, William Wendt became the first president of the California Art Club in 1911. He exhibited and sold his works successfully for thirty years at major galleries in California, Chicago, Boston, and New York.
Stylistically, art historians have categorized Wendt as a third (and final) generation American Romantic Landscape painter. His canvases, graced with trees, rolling hills, blue skies and farmhouses, embrace the ideas of the French Barbizon painters, but adopt an even less formal approach. By painting in the outdoors, recording their experiences, yet not embellishing on nature as with the previous generations, this third generation of Romantic Landscape painters, who worked during the earliest years of the 20th century, created unique works of art that display bold and broad brushstrokes, and exhibit compositions dominated by rich green and brown hues. The depictions of calm surroundings combined with agitated and visible brushwork in works like Autumn Woods would ultimately evolve into other early-20th-century painting styles; most notably leading to the establishment of the Ashcan School.