WEEGEE, JAN YOORS AND PERMANENT COLLECTION EXHIBITIONS OPEN AT THE BAKER MUSEUM The three new exhibitions will run through July 26 and continue in the fall

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Naples, FL—Frank Verpoorten, Director and Chief Curator for Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum today announced exciting new exhibitions that will run through the end of the museum’s season on July 26, Weegee by Weegee: From the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Jan Yoors: A Retrospective and 15 Years of Collecting at The Baker Museum. The exhibitions will also be on display when the museum reopens for the 2015-16 season on Sept. 5. All three exhibitions were developed by Artis—Naples.

“This collection of exhibitions represents the very core of what we do at The Baker Museum,” Verpoorten said. “We are highlighting the best of our permanent collection, exploring the entire span of Jan Yoors’ illustrious career and interpreting the work of a trailblazing photographer through a 24-hour lens.”

The Baker Museum also opened its 7th Annual Student Exhibition on May 9 featuring approximately 500 works by Collier County public and private school students, grades pre-K through 12. A diverse array of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and photography, will be installed.

The Exhibitions

Weegee by Weegee: From the Jean Pigozzi Collection, May 2-July 26, Sept. 5-Nov. 8

Intense and often darkly humorous, Weegee’s voyeuristic portraits capture the excitement and stark realities of urban life. Weegee’s work varies from street vendors and kissing moviegoers to the victims of fresh crime scenes before the police’s arrival. His documentary-style immediacy revealed his perspective on the reality of New York City and influenced generations of photographers and filmmakers. Weegee by Weegee intimately details the extremes of the modern city. This exhibition is supported by the Myra Janco Daniels Legacy Fund.

Jan Yoors: A Retrospective, May 16-July 26, Sept. 5-Oct. 20

A remarkably gifted craftsman, Jan Yoors excelled in tapestry, painting, photography and drawing. His extraordinary life informed much of his practice: After absconding with a Gypsy tribe at age 12, he worked closely with the Allies to help the Gypsies escape genocide during World War II. This selection celebrates one of the most prolific, but perhaps understudied, artists of the 20th century. This exhibition is generously underwritten by Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo.

Celebrating 15 Years of Collecting at The Baker Museum,June 6-July 26, Sept. 5-Jan. 31, 2016

Drawn from the museum’s permanent collections of American, Mexican and European art, Celebrating 15 Years of Collecting at The Baker Museum marks an important milestone in the history of the institution. Showcasing iconic pieces of the museum’s collection as well as rarely seen works, this exhibition celebrates the individuals whose passion and vision helped assemble one of the most impressive compilations of 20th century art in Southwest Florida. Highlights include works from Ahmet Ertegün’s American art collection, pieces from Olga Hirshhorn’s European collection, Harry Pollak’s Mexican collection and more. This exhibition is generously underwritten by Friends of Art.

“This exhibition represents the best of what our permanent collection offers both in the quality of the works and in their significance in the cultural landscape,” said Gisela Carbonell, Curator of Special Collections and the organizer of the exhibition. “15 Years of Collecting showcases the impressive collection we have built at The Baker Museum, which is a treasure for the entire Southwest Florida community.”

Home of The Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic, Artis—Naples is Southwest Florida’s premier arts and cultural destination with more than 300 concerts, performances, exhibitions and education events for patrons of all ages from September to July each year. Led by CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen and Music Director Andrey Boreyko, the organization’s mission to create and present world-class visual and performing arts provides for a broad array of artistic and educational opportunities for the entire community.

The Naples Philharmonic performs more than 140 orchestral and chamber music concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts annually in the 1,425-seat Hayes Hall, the 283-seat Daniels Pavilion and around the Southwest Florida region. Founded in 1982 as the Naples-Marco Philharmonic, the orchestra performed four concerts in its first season. In 1989 the orchestra moved to its current home in Naples, and since then the ensemble has grown in scope, size and artistic impact.

In his second season as Music Director, Boreyko continues to expand the repertoire and redouble the orchestra’s dedication to world-class performances. In 2009 Jack Everly was named Principal Pops Conductor and continues today in that role bringing pops performances that celebrate music in its many forms.

The Baker Museum is one of the foremost fine arts museums in Southwest Florida. The museum hosts several traveling exhibitions annually to complement installations of works from its permanent collections. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the museum is dedicated to stewardship and scholarship, generating travelling exhibitions from both its permanent collections and outside sources.

Among recent exhibitions are the critically acclaimed Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris and an innovative look at Surrealism in Belgium, organized and curated by Artis—Naples. Upcoming exhibitions include a 15th anniversary retrospective of the museum’s permanent collection entitled 15 Years of Collecting and an exciting traveling show from the Museum at F.I.T.,  Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s.


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