The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is excited to announce its lineup of exhibitions opening this spring. With two exhibits developed from the permanent art collection and a solo show of contemporary sculpture, there is something for everyone at NSLM.
Opening April 12 are Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen and NSLMology: The Science of Sporting Art.
Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen centers on a unique decorative object from the NSLM’s permanent collection. Recently conserved, the four-panel screen is comprised of paintings and prints showing 18th-century racing portraits on one side and manège training (an early form of dressage) on the other. The screen will be showcased along with works on loan from Yale Center for British Art, and the exhibit will cast light on a captivating era in British sport, art, and literature. Also discussed will be the recent painstaking restoration work done on the four-panel screen by Deborah Parr, a conservator with over 25 years of experience in the field. Parr is a graduate of the prestigious Winterthur-University of Delaware program and specializes in the treatment of painted surfaces. Attendees of the opening reception for Deconstructed on April 12 can hear directly from Parr about her work on the screen.
NSLMology: The Science of Sporting Art melds art with science to create an exhibition for explorers of all ages. Visitors are invited to experience scientific principles within three centuries of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and hands-on activities. Get up close and personal with the physics of locomotion and identify meteorological patterns, ecology, the science of colors, and even chemistry. This show is a collaboration between NSLM’s Curatorial and Education departments and turns traditional interpretations of the genre of sporting art on their head. NSLMology will not only explore fresh topics, it will also feature numerous paintings, works on paper, and sculptures from NSLM’s permanent art collection that have never before been on display in the Museum. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a unique hands-on opportunity to build their own zoetrope, a spinning circular device with slits used by pioneering stop-motion photographer Eadweard Muybridge (English, 1830-1904) to animate his series of animal locomotion photographs.
Opening May 17 is Canter and Crawl: The Glass Sculpture of Joan Danziger. This exhibit presents a solo show of DC-based artist Joan Danziger’s latest body of work. Stimulating the imagination, Danziger’s vibrant wire and glass-shard sculptures are inspired by the spirit of the horse and the jewel-like nature of insects. A full sensory experience, these pieces are created by building three-dimensional wire armatures, most intertwined with stained glass that the artist has carefully scored and broken. Insects inspired by Egyptian scarab beetles from Danziger’s Inside the Underworld series will hang on the walls, where they create a backdrop for the more recent exploration of unrestrained horses born from her imagination. Canter and Crawl celebrates the horse and redefines equine sculpture for the contemporary world. Danziger’s work draws the viewer into mystical, whimsical, and powerful subjects that challenge us to see beyond the boundaries of the sculptural form.
Friday, April 12, 6-8pm: Opening Reception for Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen. 6pm: reception and exhibition viewing; 7pm: lecture by conservator Deborah Parr. $10 admission, free to NSLM members.
Saturday, April 13, 10-11:30am: Coffee with the Curator featuring Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen. Enjoy an informal coffee reception and tour with Claudia Pfeiffer, NSLM’s George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator. $5 admission, free to NSLM members.
Saturday, April 27, 10am-5pm: Family Day for NSLMology: The Science of Sporting Art. Museum open with free admission all day. Hands-on activities and kid friendly snacks in the Library’s Founders’ Room from 11am-1pm. Gallery Talk at 1pm with Anne Marie Paquette, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator.
Friday, May 17, 6-8pm: Opening Reception for Canter & Crawl: The Glass Sculpture of Joan Danziger. 6pm: reception and exhibition viewing; 7pm: lecture by artist Joan Danziger. $10 admission, free to NSLM members.
Saturday, May 18, 10-11:30am: Coffee with the Curator featuring Canter & Crawl: The Glass Sculpture of Joan Danziger. Enjoy an informal coffee reception and tour with artist Joan Danziger. $5 admission, free to NSLM members.
For more information on the above events or to RSVP, contact Anne Marie Paquette, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator at APaquette@NationalSporting.org or (540) 687-6542 x25.
The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is located in Middleburg, Virginia, the heart of beautiful horse country. Founded in 1954, the renowned research Library and fine art Museum highlight the rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits. Angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching, and wildlife are among the subjects one can explore in the organization’s general stacks, rare book holdings, archives, and art collection. The NSLM offers a wide variety of educational programs, exhibitions, and family activities throughout the year, and is open to researchers and the public. There is no admission fee to the Library. The Museum charges $10 for adults, $8 for youths (age 13-18), and $8 for seniors. NSLM members and children age 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Library & Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Mail: P.O. Box 1335, Middleburg, VA 20118
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