Andrea Ackerman, Rose Breathing, 2003. 3D Computer animation, stereo sound, projector, 34-second continuous loop, dimensions variable. San Jose Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Museum's Collection Committee.
Vital Signs focuses on recent new media art that links people and the natural world. In medical parlance, vital signs monitor and reflect wellness by recording pulse, blood pressure, and body temperature. Artists in this exhibition apply such indicators of human health to organic life and environmental patterns. The artworks mine biology, environmental science, ecology, physiology, and related disciplines to develop commentary on relationships between humans and nature.
Vital Signs was organized by the San Jose Museum of Art and sponsored by Doris and Alan Burgess and Beverly and Peter Lipman. The Wichita presentation has been generously supported by Louise Beren, Norma Greever, Sondra Langel and Richard D. Smith, and Nancy and Tom Martin. Additional supporters include Charles Baker, Sue and Fred Berry, John and Nancy Brammer, Anne Coffin, DeVore Family Foundation, J. Eric Engstrom, Alan and Sharon Fearey, Trish Higgins, Sarah Smith, and Keith and Georgia Stevens.
Laura Gilpin, Navajo Farms in Canyon del Muerto from the Air, 1952. Gelatin silver print, 22 3/4 x 16 3/4 in. The Eugene B. Adkins Collection, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman © 1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
Laura Gilpin and Maria Martinez are exceptional pioneers and celebrated artists. They were also good friends in New Mexico over many decades. This exhibition presents an exquisite pairing of 38 Gilpin photographs and 17 Martinez ceramics that date from the 1920s to the 1970s. The design elegance, formal strength, and impeccable skill in the photographs and pottery—an unusual pairing of media—together yield a stunning combination and viewing experience. The Wichita presentation is generously sponsored by Fidelity Bank Foundation and Bill and Mary Lynn Oliver.