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
100 Years of American Printmaking II
Exhibition: January 14 – June 3, 2018
This exhibition from The Butler Collection is a survey of American printmaking covering the last 100 years. It can be said that every artistic movement and principle artist of the past century are included in this wonderful journey through American art history; from American Impressionism through 21st century conceptual and expressionistic directions. High points include works by Cassatt, Hopper, DeKooning, Johns & Warhol.
Pastel Works From The Butler Collection
Exhibition on View: Now – November 2018
This exhibition highlights a selection of pastel paintings from the Butler’s permanent collection which are intermittently displayed in the museum’s Giffuni Gallery dedicated to exhibiting pastel works.
Margeaux Walter: Stages
Exhibition on View: August 19 – January 20, 2019
Meet-the-Artist Reception: August 19, 2018 1-3 PM
Margeaux Walter uses photography and video as a means of perceiving and interpreting a world so inundated with images. Her work addresses the role of photography in the creation of the self-image, and is centered on the growing frailty of the individual identity with the evolution of technological accessibility, influence of consumer culture, and the constant absorption of commercial images. Using staged environments, studio lighting, and saturated color, Walter references familiar visual cues of advertising that are burned into our collective unconscious to create a sense of anxiety through imagery in which identity is progressively in flux.
Margeaux Walter, Captured, 2013. Photographic lenticular, 40″ x 40″.
Focus on Realism: From the Butler Collection
Butler Trumbull Branch
Exhibition: August 5 – October 14, 2018
The Butler collection attempts to represent every significant American art movement and the artists who played a major role in their development. But the collection’s main focus has long been what might termed “Mainstream Realism”, that brand of narrative painting which leads back the academies of the 19th century. This exhibition offers a capsulized look at the museum’s realist holdings. And while you will find excellent examples of more contemporary approaches such as photo realism, the preponderance of work can be categorized as traditional. This exhibition highlights a number of major works which in technique, subject matter and basic philosophy celebrate the rich tradition of American Realism.
John Mellencamp: Expressionist
Exhibition: September 20 – November 18, 2018
John Mellencamp: Expressionist is an exhibition of the most recent art works from the multi-expressional, creative spirit of legendary musician, long-time activist and accomplished painter, John Mellencamp. Though known primarily for his music, Mellencamp has seriously pursued painting for more than 35 years. He has evolved his style with an approach using color, free interpretation and strong brushwork, to create highly expressionistic imagery that successfully relays his concept. Mellencamp’s work is inspired by the same sources as his music and extends the rich American tradition of creating art which deals with wide ranging issues.
It would be fair to term John Mellencamp’s work Neo Expressionistic since his paintings are a return to the emotionally based applications brought forth by German Expressionism, Fauvism and Abstract Expressionism. His paintings are rich in spellbinding imagery enriched by his understanding of visual organization and the power of color. A full-color catalog accompanies this exhibition and will be available for purchase through The Butler Museum Store.
A PRIVATE artist reception exclusively for Butler members will be held to celebrate the opening of this exhibition. Anyone with an active membership prior to September 1 of 2018 will receive invitations via mail and must make reservations to attend.John Mellencamp, Fairmount, 2017. Mixed media on plywood, 48″ x 35″.
Peter Maier: Legends
Exhibition: September 16 – November 18, 2018
Meet-the-Artist Reception: September 16, 2018 1-3 PM
Peter Maier has rewritten the book on American Realist art. Clearly he has re-invented this genre of painting in both remarkable skills honed over five centuries, and the development of applying space-aged pigments which play a major role in his achievements. This exhibition of Maier’s recent work reaches toward the sky, with super-real depictions of legends of American culture including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin and Andy Warhol. Also included in the exhibition is a triptych of Oscar Schindler, Steven Spielberg and Elie Wiesel. Legends is a powerful exhibit in both subject and execution, and makes us realize that Peter Maier is a modern day Leonardo who blends skill with technical innovation. The art that he has produced, as seen in this remarkable exhibition portraying rock stars and icons, will long be honored and enjoyed. A full-color catalog accompanies this exhibition and is available through The Butler Museum Gift Store.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Eva Petrič: white wHole
Installation Exhibition: October 14, 2018 in Butler North
Performance Exhibition: Sunday, October 14, 2018 1-3 PM
On view in the beautiful former church setting of the Butler Institute of American Art’s Butler North extension, this multimedia exhibit by Slovene artist, Eva Petrič represents the process of incessant construction and deconstruction caused by pressing current themes of borders and values in personal relationships, social relationships and our relationship with our physical environment- Planet Earth.
white wHole is composed of Collective Solar Cell – a 16.4 ft. x 16.4 ft. lace assemblage constructed of hundreds of old handmade laces found at flea markets, or donated by people from around the world – combined with audio and projection of Petrič’s video piece, Emptiness Exists. At 2 PM during the opening reception on October 14, 2018, the artist will present her 23-minute-long performance art piece, Eden, transplanted in conjunction with the multimedia installation, white wHole, at Butler North. The performance piece serves to highloght the fifty-year anniversary of the first successful human heart transplant, coronary bypass heart surgury and the millions of lives saved by the procedures since then.