Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
More than 140 works by such masters as François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Honoré Fragonard chronicle one of history’s most celebrated art academies. Organized around several epic themes, such as courage, sacrifice and death, Gods and Heroes details the École des Beaux-Arts’ (The School of Fine Arts) impact on Western culture. This is the first such exhibition in the US in more than 40 years. Organized by The American Federation of the Arts. February 21 — May 17, 2015.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Belgian Surrealists produced some of the most striking and iconic images of the 20th century. Their work features various elements of surprise, humor and visually arresting juxtapositions to incite emotional responses in viewers. Surrealism in Belgium includes works by such famed artists as René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Marcel Mariën, Jane Graverol, Rachel Baes, Edouard Mesens and Armand Simon. February 3 — May 3, 2015.
Artists’ Self-Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr.
Doubt, pain, joy . . . Over 60 self-portraits by modern and contemporary artists reveal the human face’s wealth of emotive power. Although the self-portrait emerged in the early Renaissance, today’s selfportraits are a mere click away for social media’s global audience. With multiple variations of style and mood, Face to Face explores how current artists create and share their own identity. Organized by The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas. January 17 — April 12, 2015.
From realism to abstraction and everything in between, Florida Contemporary features local photographers, painters, sculptors and graphic artists who have spent a lifetime at their craft, alongside an exciting array of new artists. This exhibition provides an intriguing look at the innovative images, subject matter, techniques and mediums that exemplify art being created throughout Florida today. January 31 — April 26.
The Sculpture of Rainer Lagemann
Divers, a new sculpture installation in the Figge Conservatory, includes six suspended figures made exclusively for The Baker Museum. This series presents the classic theme of artistic expression — the human form. Using elegantly crafted metal squares, sculptor Rainer Lagemann provides a powerful vision of the human body’s strength and delicacy. If you happen to be in the museum at night, don’t miss the sculptures’ dramatic shadows upon the conservatory floor. September 6, 2014 — July 26, 2015.
Weegee by Weegee
From the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Intense and often darkly humorous, Weegee’s voyeuristic portraits capture the excitement and stark realities of urban life. Weegee shot street vendors, kissing moviegoers and the victims of fresh crime scenes before the police’s arrival. His documentary-style immediacy revealed his perspective on the reality of New York City and influenced generations of photographers and filmmakers. Weegee by Weegee intimately details the extremes of the modern city. May 2 — July 26, 2015.
7th Annual Student Exhibition
The 7th Annual Student Exhibition includes approximately 500 works by Collier County public and private school students, grades pre-K through 12. A diverse array of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and photography, will be displayed. May 9 — July 26, 2015.
A remarkably gifted craftsman, Jan Yoors excelled in tapestry, painting, photography and drawing. His extraordinary life informed much of his practice: After absconding with a Gypsy tribe at age 12, he worked closely with the Allies to help the Gypsies escape genocide during World War II. This selection celebrates one of the most prolific, but perhaps understudied, artists of the 20th century. Organized by The Baker Museum. May 17 — July 26, 2015.
Celebrating 15 Years of Collecting
at The Baker Museum
Drawn from the museum’s permanent collections of American, Mexican and European art, Celebrating 15 Years of Collecting at The Baker Museum marks an important milestone in the history of the institution. Showcasing iconic pieces of the museum’s collection as well as rarely seen works, this exhibition celebrates the individuals whose passion and vision helped assemble one of the most impressive compilations of 20th century art in Southwest Florida. Organized by The Baker Museum. May 30—July 26, 2015.