Many of the visual art season’s major shows have opened already – as you’ll notice in our listings – but this segment of the year that we call fall, warm as it is, is prime time for outdoor arts festivals. Our favorite is Artlando, Orlando Weekly’s celebration of all things art-related, which takes over Loch Haven Park Saturday, Sept. 26. But the following six weeks are a wonderful time of year to take advantage of Orlando’s many art strolls and gallery hops as well. Get down at downtown’s Third Thursdays; defy winter at Winter Park’s Autumn Art Festival; make your mark on Jonathan Yubi’s interactive chalkboard murals, launching Oct. 15. There’s an awful lot of good stuff to see this fall – so go feast your eyes.
Through Nov. 7: Couture Culture (pictured above)
Douglas Kirkland’s photograph of Coco Chanel pinning a fit model (above) cuts right to the heart of fashion’s dichotomy: The fabulous little black dress that was fitted on a body of sublime proportions and marched down the runway by a young goddess with the gait of a show pony ... that dress was created by humans who could never model their own creations with a tenth of the glamour embodied by their chosen avatars. (Case in point: Chanel, though indisputably a fashion genius, looks like a truck driver in mumsy drag here.) The clothes are designed by average-looking women – or men – and bought by average-looking women, yet they are photographed on models of unattainable perfection. The yawning gulf between these paragons of beauty and fashion’s actual workers and consumers is explored in all its cognitive dissonance in Snap’s exhibition Couture Culture.
Snap Space, 1013 E. Colonial Drive | free | snaporlando.com
Through Dec. 6: MetaModern
Ever feel like you’ve seen just one too many Eames chairs? Despite the tormented appearance of the one pictured above, this show isn’t an interactive opportunity to vent your frustration with lazy interior design. It’s a series of recombinant modifications of iconic modernist objects, using their forms as a launch point for various philosophical divagations. Most of the artists in the exhibitions were born after the midcentury movement had peaked and tapered off, so they approach the signifiers of the period with both reverence and skepticism, interrogating the very precepts of these cultural touchstones.
Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | $8 | 407-896-4231 | omart.org
Through Jan. 3, 2016: Jess T. Dugan: Every Breath We Drew
Massachusetts photographer Jess T. Dugan focuses her lens on the intersection of identity and desire, a charged emotional zone to be sure. The self-determination necessary to forge one’s gender identity, particularly when it diverges from the expected, requires an armor that must be removed in order to form bonds of intimacy or community – a process that Dugan’s photographs document with sensitivity. These portraits of her friends and lovers radiate wisdom and tenderness in moments of stillness carved from the maelstrom of daily life.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | free | 407-646-2526 | cfam.rollins.edu
Oct. 2-Nov. 8: Celebrating A&H’s Artist-in-Residence Program
The historic landmark Maitland Art Center began life in 1937 as the Research Studio, hosting residencies for many prominent American artists. In 2010, A&H Maitland revived the Artist-in Residence program, bringing nationally known artists to the MAC campus for the first time since 1959. This exhibition brings together the work of two of the newer generation of resident artists, Elysia Mann and Marydorsey Wanless, with paintings by American master and erstwhile MAC resident Milton Avery, forming a well-rounded portrayal from multiple perspectives of the effect the Maitland Art Center can have on its residents.
Art & History Museums – Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland | $3 | 407-539-2181 | artandhistory.org
Nov. 6: Artist Talk: Heidi Neilson
Like a teeny-bopper who took Casey Kasem’s famous edict to heart, Brooklyn artist Heidi Neilson keeps her feet on the ground but keeps reaching for the stars. Much (though not all) of her work attempts to grapple with the vastness of outer space from the viewpoint of Planet Earth, collecting data and creating imaginary strategies for situations like stocking a kitchen on Mars (Menu for Mars Supper Club), mapping space debris (Space Junk Guide), and decoding Earth’s weather patterns by intercepting transmissions from orbiting NOAA satellites using a quadrifilar helicoidal antenna (whew) (Faxes From Space). At this talk, she’ll present and discuss documentation of her many public art installations.
time TBA | UCF Art Gallery, 12400 Aquarius Agora Drive | free | 407-823-3161 | arts.cah.ucf.edu