CourregesCorning, NY (May 23, 2024) — The Rockwell Museum and Arnot Art Museum are thrilled to collaborate on a captivating exhibition featuring the work of acclaimed artist and photographer William Wegman. The exhibition, titled "Representation & Experimentation: The Photography of William Wegman,” showcases a selection of Wegman's iconic photographs, renowned for their whimsical and thought-provoking depictions of his Weimaraner dogs.

At the Arnot Art Museum, visitors can explore the whimsical side of Wegman’s dog portraiture (Representation), while The Rockwell Museum features photos of dogs as art (Experimentation).

The Rockwell Museum | 111 Cedar Street, Corning, NY
On view: May 24 – September 3, 2024
Summer Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arnot Art Museum | 235 Lake Street, Elmira, NY
                On View: May 17 – August 20, 2024
                Summer Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, Noon – 5 p.m.

William Wegman, a pioneering figure in contemporary art, began photographing his Weimaraner dogs in the 1970s. His imaginative use of props, costumes and settings has elevated his work beyond traditional pet photography, transforming it into an exploration of the human condition, identity and playfulness. With a formalist’s eye and an affinity for bold color, the photographs of multi-media artist William Wegman allow his viewers the opportunity to think, laugh, and uncover the world around us with his Weimaraner models. Wegman’s large format photographs are disarming and fun even as they shift into landscapes, portraits, still lifes and object studies.

The artist describes his work as a collaboration with his models, each having their own temperament and agency during the photographic process. Wegman has been working with Weimaraners since the 1970s, and many of his dogs, including Man Ray, Fay Ray and Flo, have become pop culture stars in their own right.

“Art lovers and dog enthusiasts alike are going to love this summer exhibition,” says Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at The Rockwell, Dr. Amanda Lett. “These are not just dog photos! Line, composition, color and form take center stage in the photographs on display.”

The Rockwell encourages every visitor to not just view, but experience American art. Visitors will find multiple interactive stations throughout the exhibition designed for art explorers of all ages to connect more deeply with the exhibition. On Floor 1M, tinker and play at the “Design Your Own Weimaraner Dog Portrait” station.

In addition to photography, William Wegman makes detailed paintings using postcards as a jumping off point. One of his “postcard paintings” will be on display amongst The Rockwell’s permanent collection. As a nod to this line of Wegman’s work, visitors are also invited to spend some time at the “Complete The Scene” station where you can create your own postcard-inspired artwork using cards generously donated by staff and community members.

Plus, visitors to both the Arnot and Rockwell can also pick up an “Art Hunt” at Admission Desk that when completed at both locations can be submitted for a fun and fuzzy prize.

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Experimentation at The Rockwell in Corning is made possible by Elise Johnson-Schmidt and Family. Representation at The Arnot Art Museum in Elmira is made possible through the support of Corning Community Impact and Investment.

About The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate

The Rockwell Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of the evolving American experience through a display of stunning art about America. Founded in 1976, The Rockwell is an evolving community center which showcases the best of America through compelling exhibitions and imaginative programs. The diverse collection includes a mix of contemporary Native American art with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century Old City Hall building, The Rockwell is active in the local community and holds special events and educational programming with area public schools. The Rockwell provokes curiosity, engagement and reflection about art and the American experience. The Rockwell Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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