McDonough opens Fall season with two exhibits

Salon de Fleurus is a contemporary reconstruction of Gertrude Stein’s Parisian salon that existed at 27 rue de Fleurus from 1904 to 1934 and was a gathering space for burgeoning young artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Stein herself.

The McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University opens the fall season with two exhibitions, the Salon de Fleurus and Kelli Connell/Double Life: Fifteen Years.

The shows will be on display Sept. 8 through Nov. 3. An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, with a lecture by Connell at 5 p.m.

Salon de Fleurus is a contemporary reconstruction of Gertrude Stein’s Parisian salon that existed at 27 rue de Fleurus from 1904 to 1934 and was a gathering space for burgeoning young artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Stein herself.

The exhibit existed as a semi-private salon in lower Manhattan. Since then, it has appeared in fragments in Beirut, Paris and Los Angeles and is now touring as a complete project via Independent Curators International. The exhibition and tour are made possible by The Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), and with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees.

In conjunction with the exhibit, performances, readings and talks will be presented at noon Tuesdays:

Sept. 12, Lit Youngstown, From the Salon Modernist Readings – part 1, Karen Schubert.

Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 17, 24. Screenings of Paris was a Woman, 1996.

Oct. 3, Lit Youngstown presents selections from Marty Martin’s one-character play, Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein.

Oct. 31, Paris Memories and Art of Le Salon. Presentations by Junior High Humanities Class, 7th and 8th Grades from The Valley Christian Lewis Center for Gifted Learning located in the historic Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Youngstown.

Head-to-Head by Kelli Connell.
Kelli Connell/Double Life: Fifteen Years features photographs by Connell, an associate professor at Columbia College in Chicago.

Connell’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Microsoft, Haggerty Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Connell’s first full-length monograph entitled Kelli Connell: Double Life was released in August 2011.

McDonough galleries are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The museum is open to the public and admission is free. 

The annual exhibition and events calendar is available at www.mcdonoughmuseum.ysu.edu. For more information, call 330-941-1400.