Current Exhibitions at the McNay




    Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE
    February 5 | May 25, 2014

    Robert Indiana (born Robert Clark, in New Castle, Indiana, 1928) is often associated with the Pop art movement, along with other artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Indiana’s work is characterized by bold, simple, and brightly colored numbers, letters, symbols, and short words. The first American retrospective of the artist's work, this exhibition includes more than 100 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from public and private collections from around the world. Accompanying exhibition catalogue with essays by Barbara Haskell, Sasha Nicholas, and René Paul Barilleaux.

    This exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art.

    Image: Robert Indiana, Decade Auto Portrait 1961, 1972-77. Oil on canvas. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin.

    Robert Indiana: The Mother Of Us All
    February 5 | May 25, 2014

    This exhibition includes both a selection of Robert Indiana’s cut-paper scene and scene designs and six felt costumes for The Mother of Us All , Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s pioneering American opera inspired by the life of Susan B. Anthony. Exaggerating the silhouettes of period dress and the symbols of political spectacle, Indiana re-envisioned Stein and Thomson’s music drama of women’s suffrage battles for the Pop Art era. Still timely today, Indiana’s scene and costume designs will introduce Stein and Thomson’s The Mother of Us All to a new generation. Bringing together art, literature, music, history, and politics, the exhibition invites innovative programming and community partnerships.

    This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum and is a program of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

    Image: Robert Indiana, Costume for Lillian Russell in The Mother of Us All, 1976. Felt with wire and parasol armature. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of The Tobin Endowment. ©2014 Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York






    Robert Indiana's Hartley Elegies
    February 5 | May 25, 2014

    This exhibition includes ten monumental screenprints by Robert Indiana exploring the relationship between Marsden Hartley and Karl von Freyburg, as referenced in Hartley’s “German Officer” paintings of 1914-15. The American artist Marsden Hartley lived in Berlin just before the outbreak of World War I and developed strong feelings for the German officer who died in the early days of the war. Printed in the early 1990s, the ten prints are from the collection of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund. This is the first time in twenty years that the entire suite is on view at the McNay.

    This exhibition is organized by the McNay Art Museum.

    Image: Robert Indiana, KvF V from The Hartley Elegies, 1990. Screenprint. Collection of the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund. ©2014 Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    Constructing the Stage:
    Artists from the Theatre Collection
    January 22 | June 1, 2014

    Constructing the Stage turns the spotlight on the increasingly important use of maquettes (stage models) in production design as seen in the work of four designers from the theatre collection. Timothy O’Brien, Ralph Koltai, Adrianne Lobel, and Tony Straiges designed landmark productions in the 1970s and 80s, representing contrasting British and American approaches to theatre design, and to the role of the theatre designer.

    This exhibition is organized by the McNay Art Museum.

    Image: Adrianne Lobel, Maquette for Nixon for China, ca. 1987. Opera by John Adams, with Libretto by Alice Goodman. Painted wood and paper, with found objects, wire, photographs, and board. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.



  • The Full Monty: Male Nudes from the Collection
    February 5 | May 25, 2014

    The male nude has been a primary motif of painters and sculptors since Greek and Roman antiquity. This exhibition focuses on prints and drawings of male nudes by twentieth-century greats Paul Cadmus, Charles Demuth, George Bellows, and Thomas Hart Benton as well as contemporary graphics by David Hockney and Beth Van Hoesen. Drawn from the McNay’s collection in addition to loans from The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, this is the first exhibition focusing on this strength of the collection in decades, a rare opportunity to see some of the most beautiful figural works in the McNay’s works on paper collection.

    This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum.

    Image: Paul Cadmus, Two Boys on a Beach No. 1, 1938. Etching. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Michael McGowan. 




    Stephanie Patton: Level
    Stephanie Patton
    American, born 1969 

    Diffuse (2008)
    Video, 17 min. 31 s.

    In an effort to avoid confrontation, Diffuse is literally about the feeling and ultimate liberation of "walking on eggshells." This video reflects the anxiety that accompanies the desire not to upset or provoke unwanted behavior in another individual. For the artist, making the work was an anxious effort in itself. It took months to prepare the blown-out eggs and to create the set on which the video was staged. The action was documented in one continuous recording.

    Conquer (2013)
    Video, 8 min. 31 s.

    Based on the metaphor to "rip off the Band-Aid," Conquer is a humorous work that takes this saying literally. In the pursuit of grasping and overcoming painful emotional and physical experiences, this action ecompasses the act of dealing with the short-term pain involved, but then moves to a place of relief, healing, and ultimate growth.

    Courtesy of the artist and Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana.


    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Stephanie Patton's art crosses the realms of photography, sculpture, painting, installation, performance, video, audio, and text. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also studied vocal and comedic performance through the New School, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Gotham Writers' Workshop, all in New York. Her work is often humorous in nature and frequently investigates aspects of human emotion.

    Patton has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions including shows at Arthur Roger Gallery, Louisiana ArtWorks, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art, all New Orleans; Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; and Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France. She is also a founding member of the Front, a New Orleans artists collective. Patton lives and works in Lafayette.






    In addition to special exhibitions, the McNay’s collection, comprised of nearly 20,000 works of art, is on view in the museum’s Main Collection Galleries. Please follow the links below to learn more about each part of our collection.


    Edward Hopper, Corn Hill (Truro, Cape Cod) 1930Medieval and Renaissance Art

    19th- and 20th-century Art

    Art after 1945

    Southwest Art

    Prints and Drawings

    Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts

    Russell Hill Rogers Outdoor Sculptures

    Jeanne and Irving Mathews Collection of Art Glass




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