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Revealing Pictures: Photographs from the Christopher E. Olofson Collection

February 4, 2017 – July 2, 2017

Photography has long occupied a special place among forms of visual representation for its ability to both document and interpret the world around us. We may perceive a photograph as objective; however, the way we see photographs often involves our own subjectivity. The theorist and philosopher Roland Barthes signaled this key quality in the opening passage of his famous attempt at a new “history of looking,” Camera Lucida (1980).

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C.

March 4, 2017 – June 11, 2017

The Berlin Painter was the name given by Sir John Davidson Beazley (1885–1970) to an otherwise anonymous Athenian vase-painter, active in the first quarter of the fifth century B.C., whose hand he recognized in nearly 300 complete and fragmentary vases in public and private collections around the world. Since Beazley’s first published identification of the Berlin Painter in 1911, the oeuvre of this still-anonymous Athenian draughtsman has grown to some 330 works, and esteem for his elegant, approachable style has never lessened.

Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum

July 1, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Selected entirely from the holdings of the world’s oldest university museum and heralded as “A treasure chest of gorgeous surprises” by The Times of London, this exhibition provides a rich and deeply varied survey of the drawing tradition in Britain. Great British Drawings showcases over 100 works by some of Britain’s greatest artists from Thomas Gainsborough and J. M. W. Turner to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and David Hockney.

Transient Effects: The Solar Eclipses and Celestial Landscapes of Howard Russell Butler

July 22, 2017 – October 15, 2017

On Aug 21, 2017 the first solar eclipse of this century will be visible in the U.S. The solar eclipse has always been a source of mystery and fascination, serving at some times as a foreboding omen and at others as a key means of understanding the scientific concept of general relativity.