Sponsored by the JBS Fine Arts Advisory Committee, ON LOAN is a program through which individuals share works from their private collections with the Burroughs community.
Our inaugural loan, Kehinde Wiley’s After Titian’s Penitent Mary Magdalene, is made possible through the generosity of Susan and David ’77 Sherman. The work has been installed in the center of the Brauer Building, near the Bonsack Gallery, and will be on exhibition through May 2016.
Wiley’s portraits of African American men collate modern culture with the influence of Old Masters. Incorporating a range of vernaculars culled from art historical references, Wiley’s work melds a fluid concept of modern culture, ranging from French Rococo to today’s urban landscape. By collapsing history and style into a unique contemporary vision, Wiley interrogates the notion of master painter, “making it at once critical and complicit.” Vividly colorful and often adorned with ornate gilded frames, Wiley’s large-scale figurative paintings, which are illuminated with a barrage of baroque or rococo decorative patterns, posit young black men, fashioned in urban attire, within the field of power reminiscent of Renaissance artists such as Tiepolo and Titian.
The artist was born in Los Angeles in 1977 and resides in New York City and Beijing. He earned his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from Yale University, School of Art. His work has been the subject of exhibitions worldwide and is in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Denver Art Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the High Museum, Atlanta; the Columbus Museum of Art; the Phoenix Art Museum; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Jewish Museum, New York; and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.
ON LOAN is an extension of Burroughs’ commitment to art as a teaching tool, presenting a diverse range of ideas and material approaches. In addition to the exhibition of work of professional visual artists of regional and national prominence in our two galleries, Burroughs has more than 300 works of art in our permanent collection, rotated throughout campus. ON LOAN enables us to broaden and deepen student exposure to contemporary and topical art and artists.
The Fine Arts Advisory Committee is comprised of alumni, parents and friends who are also artists, gallery owners, collectors, historians, curators and docents. In addition to adding more than 75 pieces to our permanent collection and initiating the rotating video installation in Haertter Hall, the FAAC curates the annual alumni show, advises on specific display locations, facilitates visiting artists and speakers, and sponsors the annual Art for Breakfast event.