February 20, 2023
Stark Museum of Art
712 Green Ave
Join us for the Opening Reception of the special exhibition A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation on Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Stark Museum of Art. Complimentary passed appetizers and drinks will be available in the museum’s lobby for visitors to enjoy.
This FREE, after-hours event offers visitors the first opportunity to view the new exhibition on loan from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation in Houston, TX.
“This exhibition features a subject that is familiar to Stark Museum attendees—that of hunting, but from a different perspective. We invite the community to our opening reception for a first look at European interpretations of hunting,” comments Sarah Boehme, Curator. She continued, “We are very grateful to the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation for generously sharing this extraordinary collection and organizing this loan exhibition so that the Stark Museum of Art could present these works of art to our audience.”
The hunt has been a pervasive theme in western art and literature since the time of ancient Greece. The sport, often approaching the status of ritual, was generally heavily regulated and restricted to the nobility, with violators subject to strict penalties including, in some cases, death. A Noble Pastime includes sixteenth- to nineteenth-century representations of various aspects of the chase, such as hunting expeditions, game pieces, and portraits of hunters as well as animals. This exhibition seeks to illuminate various hunting methods, to underscore the role of the hunt as an exclusive pursuit in early-modern European culture, and to emphasize the use of hunting imagery as a conscious tool for fashioning one’s self-identity.
Opening Reception visitors also will be the first to see the new College Juried Art Exhibition in the Community Art Gallery. The exhibition features original works of art by college students in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana juried by staff at the Stark Museum of Art. An awards presentation will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Lobby. Awards are sponsored by Blick Art Materials.
“The Stark Museum of Art is thrilled be expanding the juried student art experience to Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana college students. We are grateful to our colleagues at Lamar State College Orange, Lamar University, and McNeese State University for their support in developing this program, as well as to Blick Art Materials for their generous support of the awards,” comments Jennifer Dickinson, Director, Education, “This program is the first of its kind in our region, and we are looking forward to celebrating these students during the reception.”
Admission to this event is FREE through the generous support of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation is on view at the Stark Museum of Art October 7, 2022 until April 8, 2023, and the first annual College Juried Art Exhibition is on view October 8, 2022 – January 8, 2023.