Jaro Hess (1889-1977)
"A Truly Free Life"
April 15 - June 17, 2016
The Calvin College Department of Art and Art History is proud to present Jaro Hess (1889-1977) "A Truly Free Life" curated by Calvin senior, Julia LaPlaca (with assistance from Paula Manni and Craig Ashley Hanson).
Jaro Hess at his home, 1972, Photo: The Grand Rapids Press, Collection of the Public Museum of Grand Rapids
Czechoslovakian-born Jaro Hess moved to Grand Rapids in the 1920s as a landscaper and gardener, but his occupations encompassed a wide variety of interests, most memorably his artistic projects. Humorous, dark, mischievous and always whimsical, Hess’ paintings and drawings are windows into a vibrant imagination. Hess created the lion’s share of his illustrations, paintings, and his most well-known illustrative map, “The Land of Make Believe,” in Grand Rapids. The exhibition will provide a brief overview of Hess’ colorful career and explore the nature and place of Hess’ work in Grand Rapids. Visit the online catalogue for more images and information.
The Land of Make Believe, Jaro Hess, 1930 (Click image to enlarge)
Opening Reception and First Friday's - 6-10pm
Friday, May 6
Join us for the opening reception and performance of Jaro Hess (1889-1977) "A Truly Free Life," hosted in conjunction with First Friday's, the monthly ArtWalk hosted on the first Friday of each month along the Avenue for the Arts. Refreshments served.
Jaro Hess at work in his studio, 1972, Photo: The Grand Rapids Press, Collection of the Public Museum of Grand Rapids