The Brunnier Art Museum is temporarily closed for renovations.
Force of Nature: The Art of Susan Chrysler White
August 26 - December 19, 2019
Force of Nature: The Art of Susan Chrysler White aims to provide a broader context for White’s studio and public art, as well as her aesthetic and exploration of contemporary social issues. White’s work explores global crises such as climate change, the negativity of digital data, and asks if all systems are doomed to fail. At the same time, her work also conveys a sense of interconnectedness and optimism.
Susan Chrysler White (American, b. 1954) is a studio and public artist. Iowa State has acquired several paintings, sculpture and site-specific works of art for the University Museums’ permanent collections. Her most recent installation was in April 2019 at The Hub titled Coalesce. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa where she is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa.
This exhibition is organized by the University Museums, and guest curated by Kathleen A. Edwards. The exhibition is generously supported by ISU Dining, Debbie Gitchell, and University Museums Membership. Exhibition programming is supported by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program. Works of art for this exhibition were generously loaned by the artist.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (while ISU is in session)
Address: Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.
The Farm House Museum is closed for the summer and will reopen with the Fall 2019 semester.
Timeless: Love and Romance in the Victorian Era
January 14 - October 31, 2019
If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a lifetime, he couldn’t love you as much as I do in a single day.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Before online dating sites and social media, couples met through formal introductions and small town connections. During the Victorian Era (1837-1901), the rules for courting were very strict, forcing infatuated couples to come up with sneaky ways to communicate with one another. In an era of extravagance, the Victorians embedded everyday objects with hidden symbolism to declare their affections.
Some of the Victorian symbols of affection continue today such as giving flowers and chocolates. Other traditions, like flirting through hand-held fan signals and escort cards, have died out. While farmers in Iowa during this time did not have the lavish lifestyle of European high society and the East Coast elite, courting was still a serious occasion. Through photographs, objects and first-hand accounts in the historic Farm House Museum setting, visitors will be able to get a glimpse into what it was like to be in love in the Victorian Era.
Timeless: Love and Romance in the Victorian Era will run through October 31, 2019. The Farm House Museum is open weekdays from noon to 4 pm while ISU is in session. The exhibition was guest curated by Sonya Harwood, University Museums Intern and ISU Senior in Anthropology.