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Scholar Patty Bladon to speak on Carroll Cloar at Georgia Museum of Art

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host a gallery talk by Patty Bladon focusing on the work of artist Carroll Cloar on Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Bladon will focus on the exhibition “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South,” on view at the museum through Jan. 5, 2014. Bladon worked closely with Cloar in her previous position as assistant director and curator of collections and education at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and is currently director of development for the University of Memphis’ College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Carissa DiCindio, curator of education for the museum, said, “We are thrilled that Patty Bladon will be speaking in the galleries of this exhibition. Her knowledge of Cloar’s work and personal connection to the artist will offer a new perspective on the exhibition.” Bladon was a close friend of Cloar’s for more than 20 years and is working on the book “The Last of the Old America: The Art and Life of Carroll Cloar” with author Richard Gruber. The talk is free and open to the public.

This exhibition, organized by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Arkansas Arts Center, contains about 70 of Cloar’s paintings borrowed from museums including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden as well as from private collections. His paintings, with their saturated colors, repeating patterns and shallow picture planes, offer a unique and timeless vision of the American South and blend Surrealism with the influence of the Post-Impressionists.

Museum Information

Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Art Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, and Athens, Ga. 30602- 6719. For more information, including hours, see or call 706-542-4662.


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