Summer exhibitions at the Dishman Art Museum
The Dishman Art Museum on the campus of Lamar University will host two summer exhibitions through Aug. 10. “(An)other Face: Masks from the Collection of Dr. William Brown” opens Friday, May 27, in the Upper Gallery, and “He Said/She Said: They Spoke with One Voice, Figurative Works by David and Patty Cargill,” starts Friday, June 3, in the Lower Gallery. Both shows open with a reception at 7 p.m.
“(An)other Face” features painted wooden masks from the world travels of the late Dr. William (Bill) Brown (1920 – 2009), former director of counseling and professor of psychology services at Texas State University in San Marcos. The collection includes 77 masks from such countries as Indonesia, Mexico, Guatemala, Libya, New Guinea and Japan.
“The exhibition offers a glimpse into a fascinating era in modern art as well as giving viewers a sense of the artistic traditions of various world cultures,” said Jessica Dandona, art historian and director of the Dishman Art Museum. “Masks from non-Western regions like Africa were, of course, important influences on the work of artists like Pablo Picasso and the German Expressionists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.”
Mask-making is an important art form in many cultures, Dandona explained, including tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, Africa, South America and the Pacific. Masks are often used in religious rituals or the performance of plays and other events.
Dr. Brown moved to Beaumont upon retirement, where he set up a part-time counseling practice. The collection was a bequest to the Dishman by Dr. Brown, in honor of his wife Dorothy Forristall, who worked for the College of Education and Human Development at Lamar for many years. Most of the masks in the collection date from the 20th century but reflect centuries-old artistic traditions.
“He Said/She Said: They Spoke with One Voice, Figurative Works by David and Patty Cargill,” is the first exhibition of works featuring the Beaumont couple together, with highlights drawn from their 60 years of marriage and artistic collaboration. The show will include charcoal sketches, oil paintings, terracotta and bronze sculptures, and works in other media, produced between 1950 and 2011.
David and Patty met when they were both studying at the Pratt Institute in New York in 1948. The couple moved to Beaumont in 1951, so this exhibition also commemorates their 60 years of dedication to the city and surrounding region.
“David Cargill's work has in many ways helped define the public face of Beaumont. Sculptures by David can be found all over town, including the campus of Lamar University, the Civic Center, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas,” said Dandona. “David's signature style, which encompasses both the muscular, rounded forms of a sculptor like Henry Moore and fluid shapes reminiscent of the work of Constantin Brancusi, serves as an interesting foil to Patty's more delicate and often quite colorful sketches, portraits, and figure studies. Yet the two artists share a common fascination with exploring not only the lines and shapes of the human form, but also the affective ties that bind mother and daughter, husband and wife, and loved ones of all ages. Also shared is their dedication to their faith and to creating works that honor their spiritual as well as their artistic side. The Dishman Art Museum is honored to show the work of two artists who have done so much to support the arts in Beaumont and who have had such an impact on their local community.”
Light refreshments will be served at the receptions on May 27 and June 3. The exhibitions will run through Aug. 10. Admission to the receptions and the exhibitions is free.
The Dishman Art Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located at 1030 East Lavaca, Beaumont, Texas. Free museum-dedicated parking is available in front of the Dishman during museum hours. Call (409) 880-8959 for more information or visit lamar.edu/dishman.