Linda Mitchell: Truth in Animals
October 6 – December 31, 2017
The Everhart invites viewer’s to enter a dream-like world of animals and mystery, created by artist Linda Mitchell, in the exhibit Truth In Animals. Ethereal in its oddness, Mitchell’s highly textured, brilliantly colored two-dimensional work is made with painted and photographic images, fabric, wood, glass and found objects. These works coalesce into intricate and surreal scenes, reflecting life’s emotional complexity, while her three-dimensional animal figures, made of fabric and Play-Doh, add a delightful whimsy to the viewer’s journey.
Throughout her work, Mitchell uses animal figures as surrogates for human beings and their emotional lives. Some of these figures speak directly to the child within and the vulnerable, delicate places hidden in everyone’s past. Others, particularly African animals, serve as emissaries from the ever-vanishing natural world.
Everhart in the Field
August 17 – December 31, 2017
The Everhart Museum first opened its doors in 1908 with a focus on natural history. Whenever possible, early museum staff encouraged the study of flora and fauna through observation in the field. To this end, the Everhart Museum and the Scranton Bird Club often joined together to sponsor birdwatching outings. A highlight of early Everhart excursions is undoubtedly the 1921 journey made by staff members to Panama to collect plant and animal specimens. These expeditions were sometimes documented in photos that have mostly gone unseen for 80 years – until now. Everhart in the Field offers a rare look at images documenting these nearly forgotten treks into forests, both local and international.
Women of the Everhart
May 6 – September 24, 2017
Women artists have been largely ignored by major museums, galleries, and collectors and have often been marginalized by art historians. Less than 5% of the artists featured in world’s most popular art museums are female. For an institution of its size, the Everhart has a remarkable number of works by women. This show serves to highlight the work of these artists.
The show features works on paper, textiles, paintings, and sculpture including works by Elaine de Kooning, Audrey Flack, and Marisol Escobar as well as regional artists Priscilla Longshore Garrett, Hope Horn, and Mary Butler.
Exhibition support provided by Lackawanna Heritage Valley and Peoples Security Bank & Trust.
Here I Come to Save the Day! The Science, Culture & Art of Superheroes
February 3 – July 17, 2017, in the Maslow Galleries
This multi-disciplinary exhibition explores the animal powers of comic book superheroes and supervillains. Highlighting the Museum’s natural science collection, the show will incorporate contemporary art pieces and historical artifacts to illustrate how these characters influenced American history and global popular culture as well as how they have been used to interpret contemporary social issues.
Participating lenders include Joel Bangilan, Comics on the Green, David Romeo, Jr., Andrei Constantinescu, Jean and Steve Kammer, Seamus McCune, Amy Pascale, Mark Schultz, Steamtown Blueprint & Copy Center, Cori Williamson.
Some Enchanted Land: The paintings of John Willard Raught
April 22, 2016-March 27, 2017 in Galleries 12 & 13
The Everhart Museum has the largest public collection of artworks by John Willard Raught, the first recognized regional landscape artist from Northeastern Pennsylvania. In commemoration of Scranton’s 150th, the Everhart Museum opened a special exhibition of paintings, including new acquisitions and artworks from local collectors. Born in Dunmore on September 9, 1857, and trained in New York and Paris, Raught grew up surrounded by the contradictory landscapes of the burgeoning coal industry and the pastoral agricultural communities of the region. Raught applied his skill of painting en Plein air (outdoors) to pleasant rural settings around Scranton as well as painting portraits of prominent citizens and businessmen. Raught witnessed many developments in the region throughout his lifetime. Rural landscapes often changed to accommodate the coal mining industry which had its zenith in the earliest part of the 20th century. His artworks embody the masterful, light-infused compositions of the Impressionists, as well as the simple and industrial dichotomy of the landscape of anthracite coal country.
Underwriting for this exhibition was provided by the Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust. Lenders include: Anthracite Museum, Lackawanna Historical Society, Ruth and the late Patrick Gerrity, Dr. Timothy and Dorota Kearney, Bernard McGurl and Maria Santomauro, and two private collections. The Lackawanna Historical Society has shared an LHS Journal article about Raught’s coal breaker paintings here.