Yakima Valley Museum
RBC Wealth Management

The Human Touch
May 1 - August 30, 2009

The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection, a collection of artworks devoted to the human figure, will be on exhibit at the Yakima Valley Museum beginning May 1, 2009. This eclectic group of contemporary works features artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Viola Frey, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Hung Liu, and Roland Fischer. The Human Touch will be on exhibit in the museum's special exhibition gallery through August 31, 2009

The artists represented in this exhibit include Frank Big Bear, whose colorful drawings chronicle the Native American Experience; Chuck Close, whose autographic work is almost exclusively devoted to portraiture; Roy Lichtenstein, well-known for his cartoon-inspired images; Salomón Huerta, whose artwork in this exhibit illustrates the back of a human subject, hiding all identifying features of the face; and many others.

Since the early 1990s, RBC Wealth Management has collected and presented art that reflects our society. Don McNeil, curator of the collection, states that the reason RBC Wealth Management "features the human figure in its art collection" is "because it believes that this age-old need to understand the human condition is still vital and that the human form remains its most direct manifestation." The corporate collection, which is displayed at the firm's headquarters in Minneapolis, has grown to more than 400 pieces. Approximately 40 of those works comprise the art exhibit on tour, The Human Touch, which is visiting cities across the country, including Yakima.

The Yakima Valley Museum created the special exhibit gallery in 1995 to accommodate an active schedule of changing exhibitions. Now capable of housing up to three temporary exhibits, the Sundquist and Gilbert Family Galleries have housed an array of exhibits from Rodin sculptures to Mexican masks. Because of the size of this exhibition, The Human Touch will utilize all three sections of the gallery.


What's Going On Here? Looking at contemporary art. In an informal lecture to be held Sunday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Yakima Valley Museum, Andrew Granitto, curator and art historian, will explore the works of The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection, investigate their precedents and influences, and muse on their meanings at this time in history, the dawn of the 21st Century. The artist's eye provides a unique view of the world, and the work of the artist documents that view—sometimes obvious, sometimes cryptic, always personal. The contemporary works from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection that have been assembled in the exhibit The Human Touch combine to form an image of our human society at the turn of the 21st Century—the end of one era and the beginning of another—as seen through the artist's eye.

Analyzing and interpreting art "in its own time," without the clarity of hindsight afforded by years of consideration, is tricky business. But it is also an exciting exercise in independent thought—in many ways "the jury is still out," and the historical and artistic significance of these recent artworks is yet open to interpretation.
How do you interpret the strange new art of today? ...by looking and thinking.
What do you look for? ...anything and everything.
What do you need to know before you start? ...nothing in particular, but it helps to be familiar with both art of the past and popular culture of today. Looking at contemporary art is fun, and this lecture will help you enjoy looking at and talking about the art in our special exhibition. We hope to see you there!

Art Saturdays
Beginning May 2009
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Special art days at the museum just for families during The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection exhibit. Projects include:

Parent/Child Drawing
May 23, 2009
Treat yourself, your child, and the artist within both of you. Come to the museum for a tour of the Human Touch exhibit and a short drawing lesson. After the lesson is over, each parent/child team will get a chance to create a masterpiece in the Underground.

Charcoal Portraits
July 25, 2009
Enjoy a docent-led tour of The Human Touch exhibit, followed by the opportunity for your own charcoal portrait by a local artist.

Refrigerator Art
August 15, 2009
Kids love art too! Bring them down to the Children's Underground where, after a tour of The Human Touch exhibit, they will get a short art lesson. They will get a chance to create their very own masterpiece, which they can either take home with them or hang on the Underground's refrigerator door for all to see and admire.

First Fridays
June 5, July 3, August 7, 2009
5:00 — 7:00 p.m.
During the run of the exhibition, the Yakima Valley Museum would like to invite the community to an after-hours viewing and curator-led tour of The Human Touch exhibit.


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