Current Exhibitions

Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses

From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

February 24, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Shiny, Sticky, Smooth

An exhibition of over 50 rarely-seen works of Pop Art relating to sight, smell, taste, and touch on view in the Falb Family Gallery and on the Amuse Bouche Balcony Gallery, both located on the museum’s second level.

Known for its bold color and graphic images – inspired by advertising, movies, television, and comic strips of the late 1950s and 1960s – the modern art movement commonly called “Pop Art” embraced the visual language of popular culture and left a lasting mark on American art and culture.

This exhibition, which includes more than 50 prints and sculptures – several spanning more than 7 feet – features such notable Pop artists as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg and offers a fresh perspective on a familiar period in art history and mass culture.

“We are excited to bring this remarkable collection to Dubuque and to share Pop Art with our museum visitors for the first time, said DUMA Executive Director David Schmitz. “Though perhaps less shocking, Pop art movement is as relevant to our current times as it was originally in the late 1950s and 60s, when the power of media, advertising and popular culture to shape our understanding of the world around us became apparent. Pop Art and Pop artists simply drew our attention to that reality.”

Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation

Runde Auto Group

Image: Robert Cottingham, (American, b. 1935), American Signs: ART, ed. 67/100, 2009, screenprint, 40 1/8 x 39 1/8 inches, Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, 2013.72b

Fire and Ice: Paintings of the Mississippi River by John Anderson-Bricker

February 17, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Fire and Ice

Experience the Mississippi River from the perspective of an artist who has painted it in every season since 1997. Concentrating on those biannual extremes of our Midwestern climate – the boiling humidity of summer and the deep freeze of winter – this collection of colorful and expressive acrylic riverscapes by Dubuque sculptor and painter John Anderson-Bricker features paintings created over this 20 year period.

Some of the earliest celebrated American artists from the Hudson River School were best known for the spiritual inspiration they found in the forests and mountains along the Hudson River in the Northeastern United States. For Anderson-Bricker, finding inspiration along the Mississippi continues this tradition. His journey to visually explore the man-made versus the natural environments of the river during extreme seasonal cycles evolved to mirror his personal journey through unexpected physical setbacks and discovering his own resiliency to persist and adapt.

With his focus on river and climate, Anderson-Bricker visualizes the sensory experiences of extreme weather conditions along the local backwaters and banks of the mighty Mississippi. According to the artist, “The height of the summer and winter seasons forces [me] to convey an uncontrollable aspect of the natural world. Uncomfortable environmental conditions of heat, humidity, frigidity, and snow afford access to light, color, and textures of desiccation, vapor, reflected light, water, and ice. While the hottest days of summer reveal the manic, overabundant fertility of the season, the ice of winter suggests the absence of living things.”

Anderson-Bricker was born in Michigan in 1967. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990 from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He taught art in Syracuse, New York for six years before relocating with his wife Kristin to Dubuque in 1997 where he has been an adjunct instructor at Loras College and on staff at the Dubuque Museum of Art. He has exhibited at Art on the River, the DUMA Biennial, and the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque. His paintings and sculptures can be found in many regional and national private and public collections. He has been active in many local art projects with Dubuque public schools, local non-profits, and as a juror for the city’s Art on the River project.

Image: John Anderson-Bricker, Vapor II: Volunteer Drive, Dubuque, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 48×36 in. ea., collection of the artist.

Mauricio Lasansky: Prints From the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Rayburn

November 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017

Mauricio Lasansky: Prints From the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Rayburn

A native of Argentina, Mauricio Lasansky received a Guggenheim Fellowship at the age of 22 and used it to study prints within the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A naturalized American citizen by 1952, he worked on his own prints at the famous Atelier 17 in New York City that had adopted Abstract Expressionism as its means of stylistic expression.

Lasansky was invited to establish a print workshop at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in 1945. He built a legacy at Iowa that served as a model for other universities in establishing their printmaking departments and in fact many of those departments were developed by Lasansky’s students and continue to be headed by later generations of his students. In addition to teaching, many students became successful professional artists. Janet Ruttenberg, Dubuque native and one of Lasansky’s first students accepted into his program at Iowa, continues to maintain an active studio in New York City. One of Ruttenberg’s early works, on loan following her recent exhibition at the Dubuque Museum of Art, is presented here alongside her instructor’s work.

Lasansky is best known for his complex, large-scale prints on which he applied a variety of printing techniques, using multiple plates and experimenting with an array of colors. Awarded five Guggenheim Fellowships over his lifetime, as well as numerous honorary degrees and exhibition awards, Lasansky devoted his career to exploring the expressive possibilities of printmaking and contributing significantly to establishing it as a meaningful and critical art form for the 20th century.

Lasansky retired from the University of Iowa in 1985. He continued to live in Iowa City with his wife Emilia until her death in 2009, and maintained his studio there until his death in 2012. The Lasansky artistic legacy continues today through his students as well as through his children and grandchildren, many of whom have prominent careers in the arts.

The six works by Mauricio Lasansky in this exhibition were donated in 2015 to DUMA from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Rayburn. Mr. Rayburn is a retired Eastern Iowa business executive and art collector with a particular interest in Iowa printmakers. Significant donations from visionary collectors like Mr. Rayburn and Dr. Randall Lengeling are the backbone of building a strong collection for the Museum to preserve and exhibit today and for future generations. We are grateful to all of our donors for entrusting part of their collecting legacy to DUMA.

Image: Mauricio Lasansky (Argentina, 1914-2012), Lincoln, WS, 1985, Etching, drypoint, soft ground, scraping and burnishing, chine-collé, and relief on paper, 45 ½ x 28 inches, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Rayburn, 2015.18, ©Lasansky Corp.

The Arthur Geisert Collection: The Etching Process

August 5, 2016 - August 31, 2017

The Arthur Geisert Collection

Undoubtedly the largest collection at the Dubuque Museum of Art is the work of etcher and illustrator, Arthur Geisert with well over 2000 works and growing. From concept drawings and etched copper plates to original hand-colored etchings and published books, the artist’s entire process from start to finish is well represented in the collection and always on view!

Image: Arthur Geisert (America, b. 1941), The Etcher’s Studio (detail), pp. 10-11, A.P., 1996, hand-colored copper plate etching on BFK Rives paper, 7 ¾ x 11 ⅛ in., The Arthur Geisert Collection. Gift of Arthur Geisert and Bonnie Geisert, made possible by Jack & Mantea Schmid., 03.01.33