MITCHELL MUSEUM MAIN GALLERY

REFLECTIONS: FACT AND FICTION IN THE ART OF DIANE FOX AND BEAUVAIS LYONS

May 14, 2017 - July 16, 2017
Members’ Preview | Saturday, May 13 | 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Gallery Admission:  $5 per person | Cedarhurst Members Free (children 10 and under free) | All admission is Free each Thursday


Both artists explore how skepticism may be put to good use when unpacking or reading works of art for meaning and significance. Both artists encourage us to suspend our disbelief, while compelling us to question the real and the imaginary.   Diane Fox explores the social and cultural values we place in museum dioramas featuring taxidermied animals.  In Fox’s portraits of taxidermied animals, the artist honors their lives while also raising issues about our moral and ethical relationship with the animal kingdom.   For more than three decades, as the Director of the Hokes (pronounced “hoax”) Archives, Beauvais Lyons has made art that parodies the form of the museum itself. For this exhibition, he presents “The George and Helen Spelvin Folk Art Collection,” an imaginary collection of art by eleven fictional self-taught artists. Like most works of parody, this exhibition is both a tribute to self-taught art while also being a critique of its scholarship, history and economics.   Fox and Lyons are on the faculty of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where Fox is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Architecture and Design and Lyons is a Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Art. Fox and Lyons have been married for the past 25 years.


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Diane Fox, Animals Reflecting, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, 2010, 1/10, archival pigment print, courtesy of the artistDiane Fox, Chimera, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2013, 1/10, archival pigment print, courtesy of the artistDiane Fox, Zebra, Naturhistorisches Museum Wein, Vienna, Austria, 2008, 2/10, archival pigment print, courtesy of the artistLoretta Howard, Inter-racial Rag Doll Friendship Chain, 1992, Fabric, fake fur, buttons, with stuffing made from plastic grocery bags, Collection of the Hokes Archives
Arthur Middleton, George Washington, 1984, acrylic paint on panel, Collection of the Hokes Archives