Bill Viola: The Fall Into Paradise
A leading American artist and pioneering figure in video and the moving image, Bill Viola explores themes of transformation and transcendence from emotional, philosophical, and spiritual perspectives. The Fall Into Paradise is a digital cinema installation that renders the human experience in a dramatic wash of water, light and sound. The result is a meditation on the instance of transcendental and spiritual breakthrough, tracing Viola’s continuing search for consciousness and empirical knowledge through art. This installation marks the artwork’s first exhibition in Maine and its presentation – immediately next to the sea – promises a compelling and profound experience. The exhibition is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art with the important assistance of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and is generously supported by Cliff House Maine.
Sculpture and Long Galleries
Lois Dodd: Drawings and Paintings
Lois Dodd is a celebrated and beloved American artist. Now working in her ninth decade, Dodd belongs to an influential circle of painters that began congregating in Maine in the 1950s, including Fairfield Porter, Rackstraw Downes, Alex Katz, Yvonne Jacquette and Neil Welliver. Dodd’s determined explorations of the American scene include observational renderings, landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works, each in a voice of her own making. This exhibition is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and includes an illustrated publication and a Totally Tuesday Talk by the artist on July 31 at 6 p.m., both of which are made possible by the generous support of Charles Clark.
This is a collaborative visual literary project between presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity in the American experience. The installation is arranged by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in collaboration with the artists and travels to Ogunquit following openings in Boca Raton, Florida and Rockland, Maine. The artists will give a Totally Tuesday Talk at OMAA on August 14, 2018 at 6 p.m. and Richard Blanco gives the inaugural public reading of OMAA’s Arts & Letters by the Sea series on July 22, 2018 at 3 p.m. Boundaries is supported in part by the Meadowmere Resort.