Staff Picks: July


"Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s oil paintings focus on fictional figures that exist outside of specific times and places. In a 2010 interview with Nadine Rubin Nathan in the New York Times Magazine, Yiadom-Boakye described her compositions as “suggestions of people...They don’t share our concerns or anxieties. They are somewhere else altogether.” This lack of fixed narrative leaves her work open to the projected imagination of the viewer.

Her paintings are rooted in traditional formal considerations such as line, color, and scale, and can be self-reflexive about the medium itself, but the subjects and the way in which the paint is handled is decidedly contemporary. Yiadom- Boakye’s paintings are typically completed in a day to best capture a single moment or stream of consciousness." - Jack Shainman Gallery

- Ellen Mensch, Gallery Assistant



Won't you be my neighbor

This is a documentary about children's television pioneer Fred Rogers and his legacy of love, kindness and hope. There's not much I can write about this than hasn't been said much better by others. Regardless, I watched this recently and can't shake it's empowering message of kindness even in the darkest times. 

- Matt McClure, Executive Director



My pick this month is Single by Hai-Hsin Huang, a book about putting Ikea furniture together as a single person. The illustrations are hilarious and very true.

- Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator



Have you seen the new mural downtown? It was designed and painted by last semester’s Mural Class from University of Saint Francis. It is in the alley just South of Berry (behind Star Bank) and East of Harrison. If you haven’t seen it, it is definitely worth stopping by.

- Lorraine Knox, Office Manager



“Though aware of just how hard it will be to attain the distant goal I have glimpsed, I am sustained by the certainty that the path I am following is the right one.” -Giorgio Morandi

I worked on an independent project with my professor in college who showed me, with admiration, countless Morandi paintings for inspiration. At the time, I did not fully understand his love of the Italian painter.

It was not until I was standing in the Vatican Museum surrounded by a room of his paintings that I realized the true beauty of the still lifes. The bottles, vases, bowls, etc., were not just objects, but living characters in his works, with emotion and personalities. He repeated the same item in different paintings with its same characteristics and quirks, selecting each piece carefully and intentionally.

Morandi spent a majority of his time giving thought to tone, balance, and simplicity. He worked with mainly still lifes, but also did landscapes and a few self-portraits. Explaining this, he said, "what interests me most is expressing what’s in nature, in the visible world, that is.”

- Kat Bowen, Gallery Intern


"With over a decade of anticipation, Disney and Pixar brings us a return to the much anticipated sequel to the Incredibles. Continuing where the last film literally left off with the Underminer invading the city, the Incredibles II follows the Parr family once again adapting to a new life when Hellen takes up the mantel of Elastigirl again, investigating a mysterious new villain with the powers of mind control, while Bob stays at home, raising the family including taking care of the ruckus Jack-Jack. Whether or not you feel it lives up to the original landmark film, the Incredibles II is still a blast and visual eye-candy. Watching the characters being updated all so subtly along with Brad Bird's trademark art design, as well as some amazing visual action sequences, making full use of all the superpowers available to them, it's a reminder what great animation can be when given with the imagination of Pixar and Brad Bird's return to animation!"

- David Weimer, Gallery Intern