Visiting International Pianists Featured on Two Upcoming Recitals
Pianists Sangmi Lim
Kyungha Kay Lee, violinist
Pianists Dino Mulić
With the start of the new academic year, there’s plenty of things to do in Auburn at the museum. Here are just a few highlights from our spring semester schedule. View more by visiting our online calendar.
Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here
Jan. 21—April 30, 2017
Bill L. Harbert Gallery and Gallery C
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Jiha Moon (Korean, born 1973) harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan and China and then unites them with Western elements to investigate the multi-faceted nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions and folklore.
Jan. 27, 2017: Opening Reception with multimedia artist Jiha Moon
Feb. 9, 5 pm: Cloud Atlas (2012) R | 2h 52min | Drama, Adventure
Feb. 23: Lost Horizon (1937) Unrated | 1h 37min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
March 30: The World (2004) 2h 23min | Drama
Tiger Giving Day
JCSM needs your help to give a permanent home to Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers) during the university’s 24-hour online giving campaign, Tiger Giving Day, on Feb. 21, 2017. The sculpture is on loan. Your gift can help SAVE THE BUNNIES!
Teen Takeover 3
Teens respond to selected works in the JCSM collection in a project that will include both curated and created objects all built around a theme of animals and human interaction. On view March 27 to April 30.
Spend your holidays here at Auburn’s art museum for our extended holiday hours, where our galleries and gift shop will be open for you and your family to enjoy.
Closed November 23-24
November 25-26: 10-4:30 pm
November 27: 1-4 pm
Closed December 24-25
December 21-23: 1-4 pm
December 27-30: 1-4 pm
Closed December 31-January 1
Regular operations begin on January 3
Holiday Gift Shop Sales
Give the gift of art! The museum gift shop is taking a 20% off regularly priced merchandise for the holiday season. Museum members can enjoy this discount on December 1, and regular shoppers on December 15 from 10 am to 8 pm.
On November 17, from noon to 1:00 pm, A Little Lunch Music will present a free concert featuring Marc Karam and Friends. Joined by a trio of jazz musicians, Marc will sing well-known standards from France, Italy, Spain, Lebanon, and Egypt. English versions of some of the songs, like “Les Feuilles Mortes” (“Autumn Leaves”) and “La Mer” (“Somewhere Beyond The Sea”), became hits in the United States.
The concert will be in the Auditorium. Thanks to Leslie Swartz for helping to make this performance possible.
The concert will be in the Auditorium. A gift from Leslie Swartz helped to make this performance possible.
Karam said he is a frequent performer in church settings. Twice a year, he likes to join with a group of friends to present a concert of sacred music. They perform traditional pieces, modern pop, and even Gregorian and Byzantine chant.
Karam said he loves performing with these friends. “We have an amazing range of styles,” he said. “I always like to present a program of diversity,” he added, saying that diversity is something he has loved about American culture since he moved here to study 24 years ago.
That tendency toward diversity and trying new things carries over into his secular music as well. Thursday’s concert will be his first full concert with jazz musicians. It will include what Karam calls “international classics.” Many of these songs that originated in Europe, like “Les Feuilles Mortes” (“Autumn Leaves”) and “La Mer” (“Somewhere Beyond The Sea”), became English-language hits. Others, like “Save the Last Dance for Me,” were composed in the US and became translated hits in France.
Karam will sing in French, English, Italian, Spanish, and Arabic. He is from Lebanon which historically has had strong ties to France. He said he learned his love of the French classics from his uncle. He will also sing well-known songs from Lebanon and Egypt.
The trio of jazz musicians will be composed of guitarist Taylor Pierce, bassist Jason DeBlanc, and saxophonist Patrick McCurry, who also coordinates A Little Lunch Music.
Most of Karam’s performances, whether in church or on stage, have been as a soloist while he accompanies himself on piano, but said he doesn’t like to get in a rut. “I like not to always do the same thing over and over,” he said.
The first time Karam worked with a jazz trio was at his A Little Lunch Music concert in November 2015. It was only for a short part of the program, but was very well received. He wanted to explore the ensemble more deeply.
In May, he presented a concert at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival with Montgomery-based jazz musicians. Thursday’s concert will be with the original Auburn trio from last year. Performers will be Patrick McCurry on sax, Taylor Pierce on guitar, and Jason DeBlanc on bass.
“It helps me focus on the singing,” said Karam about performing with a trio like this. He said not playing the piano helps him to enjoy the singing more, but requires a different kind of coordination among the players. “In the end it is beautiful,” he said.
Karam doesn’t consider himself a jazz musician. But he enjoys combining his classic style of singing the melody with the improvisation brought by the others in the group. “I love the solos. That fascinates me,” he said.
The Auburn Tigers took on Louisiana-Monroe this year for Homecoming and our tiny tigers put on their game faces. Face-painting and coloring were just some of the fun activities before kickoff.
For those of you who attended our event, download your picture as a memento from the museum’s Flickr account. Click on the picture below, select your image, and then select the download arrow from the image bank menu on the bottom righthand of the page.
“Call and Response” is Auburn’s Art Museum’s latest exhibition. JCSM called nine members of the university community to respond objectively and subjectively to art from JCSM’s growing collection of natural history prints. The resulting exhibition is an orchestrated chorus of diverse voices responding to the art, science, and wonder of representing the natural world.
Here, we can hear artist Rose McLarney read the work she created responding to Audubon’s print “Carolina Parakeet.” McLarney is an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing in the Auburn University Department of English.
This recording, as well as recordings from other artists, are on display in the exhibition.
Carolina Parakeet by Rose McLarney
Green and red and yellow and yammering,
Carolina Parakeets once flashed in the forests.
Flocks so big they blocked out the sun.
Flocks so faithful, when one was hurt, hundreds
would fly back to hover with her.
Which made it fast work to shoot them all.
Which was done, for feathers for hats.
And by farmers whose fields their appetites
had fallen upon. Splitting every apple, every pear,
looking for a kind of seed that wasn’t there, yet eating
none. None is how many survive extinction.
There is one print Audubon made of them, paper
tinted tropical colors, in a museum I can go to.
And often I do, seeking brightness, seeking birdsong.
But the image is a warning call, is about waste.
There’s a dwindling woodland beyond the window
turned away from, by me in my admiring, by art
finding its ending. Our tending to head back to the dead.
JCSM has something for every crafty kid!
Rainy afternoon, or just too hot to be outside? Keep the kids engaged while minimizing screen time with KIDZAW art kits! Your little artists can put their own creative touch on a famous masterpiece. The JCSM shop has three types of art kits to choose from: Master Kitz, Master Sculpz, and Art On-the-Go
The Master Kitz contains important information about the artist and the masterpiece, along with everything needed to complete the picture – all in a handy reusable box. Each Master Kitz will discuss one technique and the artist who created the memorable masterpiece: Starry Night, Waterlilies, Sunflowers, The Great Wave, to name a few.
For the sculptor in training, try Master Sculpz kit. This is the perfect kit for the “builder”: over 70 pieces can be combined in hundreds of ways using an easy locking system; the reusable pouch can be used to store the pieces for the next sculpture.
Looking for something to do in a small space -car or airplane? Try the Art On-the-Go kit. This kit comes complete with clipboard, sturdy carrying case, and art supplies to make 8 different projects inspired by Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, Henry Matisse, and more.