Timekeeping

Sep 29, 2018 - Mar 31, 2019
Eisenberg Gallery

Time is ever-changing and our perceptions can vary, with minutes often feeling eternal while years can flash by in an instant. Despite our personal experiences, there is one constant—time is perpetually moving. This exhibition examines the ways that artists have traced, recorded, and interpreted the passage of time through prints, drawings, and photographs drawn widely from the museum’s collections. Life’s fleeting passage is one of the most popular subjects in art and is explored through the traditional iconography of the memento mori and the dance of death in works ranging from Old Master to modern. The cyclical passage of time is marked through allegories of the seasons, from Renaissance scenes of the harvests to decorative botanicals and abstract renderings. Measuring time is chronicled in a series of calendars, including stylized Art Nouveau months and contemporary interpretations, while images that celebrate the New Year reveal the symbols, new and old, which have become associated with this significant day. Contemporary artists demonstrate new, innovative approaches to interpreting time through conceptual photographs and other works that incorporate the passage of time into their own process of art making.

Organized by Nicole Simpson, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings

Louis John Rhead

Poster Calendar, April / May / June 1897, 1896

Color lithograph on paper

18 ⅝ × 13 1/16 in. (47.3 × 33.2 cm)

Gift of Herbert D. and Ruth Schimmel

1988.0765