Thursday, February 7, 2013

Love at the Maier highlights life of Arthur B. Davies


One man, multiple lives. Perhaps not the traditional Valentine’s story, but this weekend the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College will host the 10th annual Love at the Maier event, focusing on the intriguing story of Arthur B. Davies. This two part program is traditionally held in February and focuses on love, what it means, and its relation to art, said Andrew Schaeffer ’14, president of Randolph’s student docent club F.R.A.M.E..

This year’s Love at the Maier is titled “The Loves of Arthur B. Davies,” and the plurality of “loves” is no mistake. Davies, the artist featured in the Maier’s current exhibition, is recognized not only for bringing European Modernism to America, but also for his uncanny private life with multiple loves revealed after his death.

On Friday, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Randolph College students Stormy Clowdis ’13, Mariah Reed ’14, and Natalie Flores ’16, will give presentations about the women in Davies’ life and how they influenced his art. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. The event is free for Randolph College students, $5 for Museum members, and $10 for non-members.

The second part of the program will be geared towards families and held on Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. The public and Randolph community may drop in and meet Mac Cosgrove-Davies, the great-grandson of the artist. Children ages 5 –15, with an adult, will have the opportunity to create “sun print” valentines with Cosgrove-Davies and Randolph students. Admission for the family program is $4 for Maier members and $5 for non-members. (Please note: The exhibition includes works that contain nudity.)

Volunteers are still needed for this event. If you are interested in participating, please contact Schaeffer (awschaeffer@randolphcollege.edu) or Martha Johnson (mjohnson@randolphcollege.edu).