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Exploring the Landscape
August 26, 2022 - December 30, 2022
Landscape, one of the most common genres used across different media, including painting, printing, and photography, continues to be the subject artists use to relate to the world. Exploring the Landscape demonstrates how artists use landscape to examine a range of ideas about priorities and concerns societies engaged with throughout history. The exhibition presents landscapes from a diverse range of styles, time periods, and artists to showcase the wide variety of artwork held in SLUMA's collection.
The exhibition guides viewers through a brief history of landscape artwork, beginning with more traditional depictions of landscapes, including works that represent Native Americans and Civil War battles during the beginnings of United States history. The exhibition then moves into idyllic, peaceful scenes of farmsteads and marine ports.
Exploring the Landscape also demonstrates how landscape artworks have changed over time, within different cultures and in a wide range of mediums. The exhibition features 19th-century glass-slide photographs, Japanese woodblock prints, and modern European and American oil and watercolor paintings.
Finally, the exhibition provides a glimpse into the future of landscape artwork. By showcasing contemporary portrayals of landscapes through digital photography, Exploring the Landscape explores how artists consume, interact with, and alter the environments that surround us.
Ignite: Teaching and Learning at Saint Louis University
August 26, 2022 - March 26, 2023
Celebrating the launch of SLU's new University Core, this dynamic exhibit showcases what makes learning and teaching at SLU distinctive and transformative.
At the heart of a SLU undergraduate education is the University Core. This integrated educational experience invites both students and faculty to explore the ideas and questions that inspire them as learners and teachers.
The Core is animated by four key values: Discovery, Integrity, Courage and Connection. Students are inspired to approach all courses — both in the Core and in their majors — with this spirit of curious, open inquiry. SLU graduates pursue careers rooted in both their own personal interests and convictions and also in SLU's mission: "the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity."
Einar Hákonarson: The Auschwitz Etchings
Over the course of a 40-year career, Einar Hákonarson (b. 1945) has become one of Iceland’s most distinguished artists, with 30 exhibitions in multiple countries. He was educated at the Iceland Academy of the Arts (Iceland’s national art school) and the Valand School of Fine Arts of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Primarily a painter, he has also won numerous awards for his work in printmaking, and he reignited interest in the medium of printmaking in Iceland. In 1965, as a student at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, he made a life-changing trip to Auschwitz. Reflecting on that experience, the artist stated that, “this visit [to Auschwitz] influenced me tremendously. I simply was not the same as before.”
While a large portion of his work since the Auschwitz visit has dealt with human suffering, Hákonarson made a series of six etchings between 1965 and 1967 that specifically referenced his reflections on Auschwitz. He dedicated the six etchings to the victims of the Holocaust as well as to all victims of hatred, bigotry, and injustice. Although intimate in scale, the etchings explore the spirit of the human person to persevere and triumph even in the midst of atrocities on such an epic scale. The etchings remain witnesses to humanity’s dark side, but they are also expressions of hope, that in the face of such evil, the vigilant human spirit can still triumph and prevail.
We invite you to spend time with these works, to read the artist’s own reflections on the themes in each of the prints, and to see that, in light of the many contemporary global trouble spots, the message of the Auschwitz Etchings is timelier than ever.