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 – March 10, 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-February 24th, 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.
Beecher Center is Under Construction
The Beecher Center, located on the south end of the building, is under construction for remodeling and updating of the facilities. Work is expected to be completed mid January. Due to this remodel, the galleries located on the first floor, second floor, and basement of this portion of the museum will be closed temporarily.
This will effect exhibitions and art works including: The Best of 100 Years of American Printmaking, About Light, permanent collection technology works and various holographic pieces in and surrounding the David Bermant Gallery, Margeaux Walters: Stages, and a few interactive pieces from the permanent collection currently on display.
Access to the Zona Auditorium will be maintained for scheduled events.
All other galleries in the majority of the museum are open for viewing during regular hours of operation. (Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 am-4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 pm).
We thank you for your understanding at this time and will be sure inform when the project is completed.
For any question, please call Wendy Swick at extension 1302.