May 16 - September 14, 2014

Based in Boston, Mass., Shelley Reed is an unexpected painter because she does not use color in her current work, although she started out as a colorist. Her palette shrank as she became less interested in exploiting color and more interested in exploring the meaning of Old Master paintings. The result of her ongoing “conversations” with the Old Masters is Animal Instinct, an impressive selection of 26 large-scale black and white paintings of animals posing as people, including a wall-length mural. The CMA is the first museum to present a career retrospective of American artist Shelley Reed.
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This family-friendly exhibition includes 37 works featuring animals that serve as college mascots. The exhibition explores the qualities of certain animals that make them popular as mascots, like the fighting gamecock and the tiger. A diversity of objects is drawn from all aspects of the CMA collection, including European paintings, American folk art, and Asian ceramics. Some of the works have not been on view before and will be new to visitors.
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