CSU, Chico's Turner Print Museum to Present “Inhabitable: The Sense of City,” August 25th through September 20th

Exhibition ImagesThe Janet Turner Print Museum at California State University, Chico is about to launch its first exhibition of the fall 2014 season, “Inhabitable: The Sense of City.” The exhibit will honor the late Janet Turner’s dedication to using the museum’s extensive print collection to enhance learning beyond the classroom.

Presented Monday, Aug. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 20, the exhibition is the result of a collaborative effort between Catherine Sullivan, curator of The Turner; Dr. Laura Nice, lecturer in the Comparative Religion and Humanities department at CSU, Chico and co-curator for the exhibit; and Nice’s humanities seminar students, who worked to select prints from The Turner’s collection for the show.

During the spring 2014 semester, Nice’s humanities seminar studied what makes a city through history, literature, philosophy, music and art. “Inhabitable” attempts to highlight the consequences of and the tension between these various facets.

“Throughout history, artists have explored the beauty and ugliness of communal living, and many of the themes have remained constant for centuries,” said Nice. “The prints on exhibition present a wide range of perspectives, which taken together offer a fantastically complex panorama of communal living.”

Sullivan and Nice were inspired by the success of last fall’s exhibition, “Unsettled Dreams: Monsters in Print,” which was a student-generated exhibition at The Turner co-curated by CSU, Chico art history professor Asa Mittman.

“Catherine Sullivan asked me to help curate a show with my class, and I planned a theme for the Humanities capstone seminar that would lend itself to a Turner exhibition,” said Nice.

In addition to the students from Nice’s humanities seminar, three other humanities majors and several volunteers from The Turner have worked to select prints from The Turner collection and write wall labels for the exhibition.

“This exhibition, because it relates to curriculum, has short exhibition essays related to the selection of the print and the course of study done by the participating students and exhibition curators,” said Sullivan. “This provides an additional layer of understanding and relationship between the visual and the literary.”

Nice will give a curator’s talk on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall (PAC 134) followed by a reception in the Janet Turner Print Museum Gallery.

Additional prints for this exhibition will be featured in CSU, Chico’s Ayres Hall in the first floor art cases.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Janet Turner’s birth. The Turner is planning a number of events during the 2014 school year to celebrate its founder’s legacy. Turner (1914-1988) was a Chico State art professor and nationally renowned printmaker.

A prolific artist, Turner painted and made prints, often influenced by her love of nature. One such work, a tempera painting entitled “Pelicans,” appeared in the “50 Years of American Art” exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum in 1950. In demand as an artist, she received commissions from Ford Motor Company and Rinehart & Company, a New York publisher. Honors Turner received over her career included a Guggenheim Fellowship and election to the National Academy of Design.

In addition to creating art, Turner also taught. After graduation from Claremont, she began her teaching career at Stephen F. Austin College in Texas and then joined the faculty at Chico State in 1959. Over time, she inspired numerous students to engage in and with art. The fine art prints that she began collecting in the 1940s for her students’ use later formed the basis for The Janet Turner Print Museum.

The Turner is located in Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus, adjacent to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology. Viewing hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. The gallery will be closed Sept. 1 (Labor Day). Parking is available on nearby Chico streets and at adjacent CSU, Chico parking lots.

For more information on the exhibition, call The Turner at 530-898-4476, email the curator at csullivan@csuchico.edu, or visit www.janetturner.org. Groups and classes can go online to arrange for visits to The Turner, including visits outside the public viewing hours. The website has a section for class applications for docent tours and related activities. This form should be submitted prior to the visit to ensure a productive and educational experience for the class.

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Images (top to bottom):
Baczel, Peter, “Door #6”, etching
Maples, Barbara, “Moonlight Over Rosemont, Colorado, relief
Delacroix, Michel, [untitled, Paris boulevard], screenprint
All images © Janet Turner Print Museum, 2015

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Story by Anne Stanley, School of the Arts Publicity Assistant