Residential Treasures at the Kimball Art Center
November 8, 2013
When the Kimball Art Center was established in 1976, founder Bill Kimball wanted it to be a center that would make art accessible to the community.
Throughout the years, the KAC has curated exhibits from an array of artists including Ansel Adams, Dale Chihuly and students from the Wasatch Back.
In 2011, it debuted "PC Collects," an exhibition of works by renowned artists that are found in private collections of Park City residents.
The show was such a success that the Kimball Art Center will open "PC Collects II" on Saturday, Nov. 9. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 5.
Erin Linder, the curator for "PC Collects II," was the KAC’s director of exhibition for "PC Collects I."
"We worked with an outside curator, Linda Tesner, for that show," Linder said during an interview with The Park Record. "She is from the Portland, Ore., area and did a series of similar shows at the Portland Art Museum that were successful and had a broad appeal."
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The appeal comes from people’s curiosity, Linder said.
"I think people want to know why people collect art, and what they put on their walls," she said. "From there, of course, they wonder how people get the art."
Since Park City is a thriving art community and a community that values art, the KAC thought it would be a great idea to host it’s own locals’ collection show.
"We decided to pull fun and significant pieces out of people’s homes, these private intimate spaces, and put them in a public exhibition space," Linder said. "We also wanted to tell the story of these pieces, which also says a lot about the collectors."
That idea remains the same with "PC Collects II."
"The exhibit includes everything from paintings, photographs, lithographs and sculptures," Linder said. "The mediums run the gamut in all different styles, including Western art, traditional pieces and pop-culture works."
There wasn’t a shortage of people who wanted to show their treasures.
"Based on the last show, a lot of people in the community came forward and told us about their collections," Linder said. "We had a running list and the KAC went to that and contacted other community members who they knew had wonderful collections."
There are more than 50 pieces in the exhibit.
"I chose three to five pieces from each collector and there are 12 collectors who are represented in the show," Linder said. "Most of these pieces have never been viewed in a public forum. The collectors get a kick out of seeing a piece that was hung over their fireplace mantle or in a hallway on display in a gallery with elegant lighting."
One of the criteria for selecting a piece was the story the collector told. Linder said.
One piece, by Donald Morris, called "Where Are Our Heroes Now," is in the collection of Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner.
"[Jacquelyn] was at the Armory in New York at a show and she turned a corner and stopped because this piece called out to her," Linder said. "It’s a large multi-medium work that is made of folded comic-book pages.
"She has a passion for super heroes, especially Wonder Woman, so there was a personal tie to this, but visually, it’s a stunning piece of work," Linder explained.
In addition, "PC Collects II" features three photographs by award-winning photography Annie Leibovitz, who has photographed everyone from Bruce Springsteen to John Lennon and Yoko Ono to the Rolling Stones for Rolling Stone magazine.
Her photo of Bruce Springsteen jumping with the American flag behind him is part of the KAC exhibit.
"I remember seeing that on the cover of Rolling Stone, so to walk into a house and seeing it there was amazing," Linder said.
Lisa Shine and her husband Joel, are the owners of the Bruce Springsteen photo as well as other Leibovitz photos including the Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) and Whoopie Goldberg taking a milk bath.
All of these are part of the KAC show.
"A very good friend of ours is Annie’s sister and our children went to the same preschool," Shine said. "Annie gave two of these pieces to her sister, as she does to each of her siblings, to offer at their children’s school auctions and fundraisers.
"So, both Bruce Springsteen and the Blues Brothers were purchased at a preschool auction," she said.
The Shines also loaned two other photographs, "Behind the Glare, St. Lazare," by Henri Cartier-Bresson, and "Tulips" by Robert Mapplethorpe, to the KAC for the exhibit.
"Behind the Glare" was acquired before the Shines were married.
"My husband found that photo in, I think, Graham Nash’s collection," Shine said. "Joel bought some of those pieces in the early 1990s, when he went to New York with gallery owner G. Ray Hawkins. They attended a Sotheby’s auction and bought that piece."
The couple found the Mapplethorpe when they walked into a little gallery in Santa Monica, Calif., which was close to their house.
"I saw the piece and told my husband that I needed that piece," she said. "We ran home and went through his Sotheby’s catalogs to see if any of the Mapplethorpe ‘Tulips’ had sold and went back to the gallery and made an offer."
The Shines have an affinity for photography.
My husband loves it," Shine said. "As a middle-school student, he found a program at a school in Los Angeles and transferred to participate in the program.
"He fell in love with it and wanted to become a professional photographer," she said. "He received a scholarship for the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in Rochester."
In addition to the photographs that will be on exhibit at the KAC, the Shines have other originals, artist proofs and numbered editions in their home.
"There is something about them that we love," Shine said.
The Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., will present "PC Collects" from Saturday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 5. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org.
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