May 17, 2015: Bob Dylan exhibit, Op-Art to be featured during ‘Art Museum Day’ at Butler

The Butler Institute of American art is announcing museum tours and a public reception as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) “Art Museum Day,” coinciding with International Museum Day on Sunday, May 17. From noon to 4 p.m., all in attendance will receive a gift of a reproduction of a Butler collection work.

Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums. This year, the Butler is presenting two new exhibitions; a solo show of pastels by music legend Bob Dylan, and a retrospective of works by famed Op artist Richard Anuszkiewicz.

“The Butler is one of America’s most accessible museums of art,” said Butler Director Dr. Louis Zona. “Admission and parking are free every day. The Butler is a part of the AAMD celebration again this year, and honored to participate in this national celebration.”

AAMD represents 240 art museums across the United States, Canada, and Mexico – from regional museums to large museums in major urban centers. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums. AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global observance. A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums is available at

The exhibition of portraits in the “Face Value” exhibition are a part of Dylan’s life-long interest for creating in many formats – as singer/songwriter, author, film director, actor, radio broadcaster and visual artist.

The display of Dylan’s portraits will be on view at the Butler from May 17 through July 12, 2015, in Youngstown in the museum’s Flora B. Giffuni Gallery. An event to celebrate the exhibition will occur from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at the Butler in Youngstown. (Dylan will not be attending.)

Among the solo art exhibitions by Dylan are the “Drawn Blank Series,” shown in Germany and London (2007-8), and the “Brazil Series,” shown at the National Gallery of Denmark (2010). The “Asia Series” and “Revisionist Art: Thirty Works by Bob Dylan” were presented at Gagosian Gallery in New York City in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Also in 2013, a group of oil paintings by Dylan, titled “The New Orleans Series,” were exhibited at the Palazzo Reale in Milan and the exhibition “Face Value” was seen at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

An American painter, printmaker and sculptor, Richard Anuszkiewicz was born in 1930 in Erie, Pa. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and later with Josef Albers at Yale Universityʼs School of Art and Architecture. One of the founders and foremost exponents of the Op Art movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, his artistic counterparts were Victor Vasarely (France) and Bridget Riley (England).

Anuszkiewicz’s art is concerned with the optical changes that occur when different high-intensity colors are applied to the same geometric configurations. Most of his work is composed of visual investigations of formal structural and color effects, many of them nested in square forms.

Anuszkiewicz has continued to produce works in the Op Art style over the last few decades.The Richard Anuszkiewicz exhibition was funded in part by the Mahoning County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

The Butler is accredited by the AAM and is funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council. For more information, contact Kathryn Earnhart, or 330-743-1107, ext. 123.

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