Rose Art Museum's fall exhibitions in full swing

All of the museum's exhibitions for the season are now on display

John Altoon, Untitled, 1964, lettering by Ed Ruscha. Private Collection, courtesy of Cecilia Dan Fine Art, © 2014 Estate of John Altoon, photo by Jon Gordon, courtesy Cecilia Dan Fine Art

The fall exhibitions at the Rose Art Museum are now in full swing.

With the opening of an exhibition featuring painter John Altoon Oct. 8, all five of the fall season's exhibitions are now on view. The season's other exhibitions include work by Magnus Plessen, Mark Bradford, Alex Hubbard and an exhibition highlighting work by women within the museum's collection.

"The idea of material invention is something that cuts across all of these exhibitions," said Chris Bedford, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum. "You see a real commitment  to working through ideas in the studio, and to the promise that from this work ideas find their most compelling visual form."

The Altoon exhibition is a major retrospective on the Los Angeles-based painter, whose work was exhibited in the 1950s and 1960s in the Ferus Gallery before he died in 1969. Co-organized with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the exhibition features over 50 paintings and drawings.

The fall's other four exhibitions opened Sept. 10. Bradford's "Sea Monsters" features major new paintings and sculptures by the MacArthur-award winning Los Angeles artist that draw upon the example of Medieval and Renaissance maps and the fantastical creatures cartographic illustrators used to mark uncharted waters.

An exhibition of Hubbard's work, which fuses video and painting, features the video "Annotated Plans for an Evacuation" alongside a recently completed painting, also by Hubbard, who is based in New York City. It was previously on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

"1914: Magnus Plessen" presents recent work by the German painter alongside materials that inspired Plessen's pieces: Photos and documents from World War I that show the stark realities of the war. The exhibition was curated by Rose Art Museum Curator at Large Katy Siegel.

Collections in Focus highlights and connects work by women artists in the museum's collection.

The Alex Hubbard exhibition will remain on display until Nov. 2; all the other fall exhibitions will remain on view until Dec. 21.

The exhibitions have been met with critical acclaim. Both the Altoon and Bradford exhibitions were named among the top 20 arts events in Boston this fall by Boston Magazine, and Boston Globe arts critic Sebastian Smee named the Bradford exhibition a critic's pick for the fall.

The exhibitions strive to meet the high standards historically kept by the Rose, Bedford said.

"The Rose, based on its exhibition history and its history of collecting, has a commitment to excellence," Bedford said. "Every exhibition has to meet that standard, first and foremost."

The Rose Art Museum is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed Monday and on holidays.

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