by Stephen Miller, Editor
– The Capitol Hill Times –
If you haven’t dropped into Frye Art Museum recently you may want to give it a look. The free-to-enter gallery on Terry Avenue is keeping true to its goal of exploring more contemporary art since it reopened after major renovations last July.
Much of what you’ll remember of Charles Frye’s collection of European art is still accessible, but curators Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Joshua Kohl, Ryan Mitchell, Doug Nufer, and Yoko Ott have presented audiences with a new exhibit, “Mw [Moment Magnitude],” which reaches across a vast landscape of subjects, mediums and schools of thought to expose Frye’s more experimental, modern and sometimes visceral side.
The museum is truly a beautiful space itself since it reopened, and a clear triumph for “Mw” is how the building has been used in conjunction with works of art that sometimes hang on walls, sometimes jump out of walls, are sometimes in the process of being made on walls and sometimes don’t come anywhere near a wall.
Frye has clearly tapped into its inner MOMA and, at times, falls into the realm of Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, which beautifully challenges not only what defines art, but also what defines an artist.
“Mw [Moment Magnitude]” includes mixed medium, production exhibits as well as events and performances. It runs through January 20, 2013.