‘Modern Metaphors’ opens at Rockford Art Museum Feb. 7

“Laura” by Bruno Surdo. "Modern Metaphors" opens Feb. 7 at Rockford Art Museum. (Image provided by Rockford Art Museum)
“Modern Metaphors” opens Feb. 7 at Rockford Art Museum. (Image provided by Rockford Art Museum)

Staff Report

Modern Metaphors features beautifully complex paintings, mixed media and photography that combine Old Master techniques with modern content by artists Katherine Ace, David Kroll, Bruno Surdo and Sergio Fasola. Each reminiscent of the Dutch Golden Age, these masterfully-rendered pieces transport the viewer into a dreamy, yet oddly contemporary, realm.

The exhibition opens at Rockford Art Museum (RAM) with a preview for museum members Friday, Feb. 7, and a free public opening all day Saturday, Feb. 8; it remains on view through May 4.

Organized by RAM and curated by RAM Curator Carrie Johnson Breitbach, Modern Metaphors and its related educational programming are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The RAM Members’ Preview runs 5-6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, and features a Members’ Gallery Walk with exhibiting artists Katherine Ace and Bruno Surdo, and gallery owner William Lieberman. A Members’ Reception will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The free public opening runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8.

Exhibitions and related educational programming take place at RAM, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. For more information, visit rockfordartmuseum.org or call (815) 968-2787.

Modern Metaphors related programming

• Modern Metaphors Teacher Workshop — Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m., free for teachers; registration required: (815) 972-2874: This after-hours event gives teachers a special overview of the newest RAM exhibition. The workshop includes a private, docent-led tour of Modern Metaphors, hands-on activity related to the exhibition, and take-home packet with supplemental materials for classroom use. Snacks, coffee and water provided. Space is limited, and registration is required.

 Modern Metaphors adult programs — Thursdays, 7 p.m., free:

Feb. 20 — “Late Renaissance to Rococo: The Age of Decadence,” led by Missy Minardi; and

March 20 — “The Description Here is Not Only Directed Toward the Visual: A Performative Lecture,” by Jason Judd.

 Cork + Canvas — Thursday, April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., ages 21 and older only; $35 RAM members, $45 non-members: Join RAM for Cork + Canvas, a “sip and painting” class at RAM. RAM will provide everything you need for a creative evening — including step-by-step instructions, a canvas, paint, paintbrushes and wine. Bring friends and enjoy a night out while creating your own masterpiece! Space is limited. Call (815) 972-2874 to register.

 Modern Metaphors children’s classes — $8 per class, $20 for all three; all supplies included; to register, call (815) 972-2874:

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2-4 p.m., ages 6 and older: “Once Upon A Time” — Imagination and literature collide in this enchanting class! Join us as we read some of our favorite fairy tales and explore how artists have used those stories as inspiration. Use your imagination to create your own magical painting based on your favorite fairy tale.

Saturday, March 22, 2-4 p.m., ages 6 and older: “King or Queen for a Day” — It’s time to live like royalty! Take a trip back to medieval times with RAM and see how knights defined themselves by their shields, then create your own. Design your own royal castle, and make a crown fit for a king (or queen)!

Saturday, April 26, 2-4 p.m., ages 6 and older: “Paint Yourself in Time” — Masterpiece yourself! Portraits tell us a story about time and place through the clothing and objects shown. Paint your portrait and place yourself in your favorite point in history!

Rockford Art Museum

RAM is inside Riverfront Museum Park for the Arts and Sciences at 711 N. Main St., in downtown Rockford. All exhibitions and events are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Regular hours: open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission: $7 adults, $3 students/seniors, free for children younger than 12 and free for RAM members. Group rates ($2 per person for groups of 10 or more) available by reservation. Free Day every Tuesday, all day; group rates still apply. For more information, visit www.rockfordartmuseum.org or call (815) 968-2787.

From the Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2014, issue

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