ABOUT THE BUTLER: AMERICA’S MUSEUM
Founded in 1919 by Joseph G. Butler, Jr., the Butler Institute is the first museum of American art. The original structure, dedicated in 1919, is a McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece listed on the National Register of Historic places. The Butler’s mission is to preserve and collect works of art in all media created by citizens of our country. The Institute’s holdings now exceed 20,000 individual works, and the Butler is known worldwide as “America’s Museum.”
The Butler is located in Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County, and receives no revenues from the city or county. The Butler charges no admission fee at the main location or at its branch museum, and relies on contributions from the community and the nation to meet its cultural mission. How you can help
The Beecher Center, housed in the south wing of the Butler’s Youngstown location, is the first museum addition dedicated solely to new media and electronic art. The facility regularly displays works of art that utilize computers, holography, lasers and other digital media. The Beecher Center houses the Zona Auditorium, a digital media theater designed for performance art and high-definition film presentations.
The Butler Art also operates a satellite facility in nearby Trumbull County. The Butler’s Trumbull branch, funded in part by Foundation Medici, focuses on important international artists whose works have profoundly influenced America, as well as exhibitions of works by contemporary master painters and sculptors.
Today At The Butler
Todd Gray: Pop Geometry
Extended Through March 3rd
Public Meet-the-Artist: January 27th, 2019 1-3 pm
Comprised of approximately 20 mixed media wall and floor sculptures, this exhibition from Todd Gray revisits the Pop Era with a distinct currency and impact when considered from a contemporary perspective. The works all have in common imagery from classic American pop art, comic book exclamations, emoji’s, and hashtags with a dynamic kick of bold colors, animated patterns, and diverse fonts. With this body of work, Todd Gray appropriates the imagery of Warhol, Lichtenstein and others, reprising the original pop artists’ method of sampling images from the media world, celebrating and questioning these icons, then remixing them into something personal and original.
This exhibition was organized by Katharine T. Carter & Associates
Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert
Exhibition: December 23, 2018 – February 17, 2019
This traveling exhibition of carved and dyed leather works by Winfred Rembert creates a vibrant, rhythmic imagery of the African American artist’s life in 1950’s-60’s Georgia. Featuring 29 works, including the premiere of several recent paintings by Rembert, the exhibition predominantly depicts the grueling task of cotton picking that the artist endured in childhood and later while on a prison chain gang. Rembert learned to work leather while serving seven years in state prison following an arrest from a 1960’s civil rights protest, a jail escape and near lynching. Years later, he turned his leather tooling skill to the creation of art as an outlet for the traumas of his life in the South.
This exhibition was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan in cooperation with Adelson Gallery of Boston, Massachusetts, is sponsored by Youngstown Live – Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau and funded in part by the Youngstown, OH Chapter of The Links, Inc.
Alfred Leslie: One Hundred Characters In Search Of A Reader
Butler Trumbull Branch
Exhibition On View: January 13 – EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 17, 2019
Meet-the-Artist: January 13, 2019 1-3 PM
This exhibition from painter, photographer, film maker, set designer, and writer Alfred Leslie is comprised of his current series of dye sublimation prints he calls the Pixel Scores. Leslie, most known for his figurative oil paintings, is one of the greatest artists of his generation. Now in his 90’s, he raises the bar with this exciting series of digital works. These works vibrate with intensity and seem a logical extension of the figurative works associated with his long career. Leslie continues to make an impact with these powerful images of characters drawn from literary sources. These colorful works obscurely depicting renowned characters from the thousands of books Leslie has read over his lifetime are created using Photoshop, a digital photo editing and illustration program employing a system of layering images. Utilizing the wide-ranging flexibility of Photoshop, which permits a vast gamut of painterly effects, overlays and revisions, Leslie is able to synthesize his multitude of skills in photography, film, painting and stage design. They also showcase his passionate interest in world literature, with its store of human values and self-reflection.
This exhibition is presented in memory of John Macintosh, Butler trustee and friend, as part of the museum’s 100th anniversary year. John would be proud that his name would be associated with such a remarkable exhibition.
Pastel Society of America: 46th Annual Exhibition
Exhibition on View: December 23rd, 2018- EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 17, 2019
This exhibition, drawn from The Pastel Society of America’s annual fall exhibition, features works by some of the nation’s premier pastel painters. The Pastel Society of America (PSA) is the oldest organization of its kind in the nation. A primary mandate of the PSA is to provide a forum for the exhibition of works by the most accomplished pastel artists in the United States and abroad. Since 1972, the PSA Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance!, held at the National Arts club in New York City, has been the premier event for pastel artists worldwide. Each year, the Butler shows selected works from the annual PSA show in the museum’s Giffuni Pastel Gallery.
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
A 78 Minute Documentary Film
Saturdays at 1pm: February 9th, 16th, & 23, 2019
Hosted in Zona Auditorium-First Floor of Beecher Center
With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful, not just because he lived every moment, but because he experienced so much of the injustice and bigotry they show as recently as the 1960s and 70s. Now in his sixties, Rembert has developed a growing following among collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work. In “ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert,” the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. A glowing portrait of how an artist—and his art—is made, “ALL ME” is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America. (Exerpt from http://www.allmethemovie.com/ A Ducat Media Production in association with Paladin)
The film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert which is on view through February 17th, 2019.
Kevin Llewellyn: The Devil’s Valentine
March 10th – May 5th, 2019
Preview Party: March 9th 7-10pm (RSVP required)
Meet-the-Artist: March 10th 1-3pm (Public)
Talent is assuredly inborn. While study will always be valued, what nature has given in the way of gifts, is a primary force. Ohio born, California artist, Kevin Llewellyn is proof positive that talent will always shine forth. A contemporary master, Llewelyn is one of those very rare talents who has created his own universe and is able to share that world with us in works of art which inspire, amuse, haunt, and marvel. Not since a young Dali appeared on the scene have we seen such invention with the pen and brush. This breathtaking exhibition will assuredly stay with you for the long haul.
Preview party with artist Kevin Llewellyn for the opening of his exhibition “The Devil’s Valentine”.
Meet Kevin and be one of the first to view his exhibition before it opens to the public. There will be entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar with signature drink! All black attire is formally requested.
This special event requires guests to RSVP. Reservations can be made by calling 234-228-8555 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices are as follows:
$15 – students (with college ID)
$20 – members
$25 – non-members
This event is sponsored in part by Drs. John Dunne & Jenifer Lloyd and Drs. Dean & Darlene Ball
Tom Cvetkovich: Incarnate
February 17 – April 14, 2019
Meet-the-Artist: February 17, 2019 1-3pm
This mixed media installation from holographic and technology artist, Tom Cvetkovich, comprised of animated portraits with recurring motifs, contemplates the recycling of the soul. The work began with a photo booth equipped with digital screens to elicit various emotions from participants taking their own picture. The images were then set to motion, interacting with one another, and buffeted by the elements of earth, air, water, space, and fire to reflect the artist’s notions of the acute tenderness of the human condition, our inherent frailty, and life’s cyclical nature. Through this creation, Cvetkovich strives for understanding of what it is to be recycled just as the components of the earth are. The additional motifs of shadows, circles, and cloths, inspired by discoveries from the artist’s journey into his deepest unconscious, create a spiritual reference of awakening, add a saint-like patronage to the individuals, and encompass the fragility of human life. Cvetkovich’s use of graphics and 3D animation programs as a medium is a transition from his previous workings in holography, the time and effort exerted paralleling. His choice of production methods was determined to be the singular approach to meet his desired results concluding with the formation of Incarnate.