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James Castle House - Inside

 

With ongoing exhibitions, the house hosts a variety of opportunities for visitors to discover James Castle, his house, and the artists who now live here.  

The back bedroom hosts a permanent exhibit cataloging original materials found throughout the Castle family house, along with items specific to Jame's art making practice. These materials offer a unique view into the finishes, patterns, colors and packaging that informed both the construction of the house and are also reflected in Castle’s work. 

WHAT'S ON

James Castle (1899 - 1977), Untitled, n.d., © 2019 James Castle Collection and Archive, All Rights Reserved

James Castle (1899 - 1977), Untitled, n.d., © 2019 James Castle Collection and Archive, All Rights Reserved

Flip | Side

Ongoing

Flip | Side is a collection of twelve original artworks by James Castle and twelve facsimiles, allowing both sides of each piece to be viewed simultaneously.

Over the course of his life, Castle worked methodically and privately to produce thousands of pieces of art in a wide range of materials and content. These works reveal an incredible richness to his life, both in images that examine his everyday surroundings and experiences, as well as those that suggest a deep and complex inner world full of invention and imagination.

Upon closer investigation, each artwork reveals more, providing insight into Castle, his family life, and the material culture of the time in which they lived. Beneath his sooty images and behind the work itself, we find evidence of a daily practice and a day-to-day life, of techniques and habits, of preferences and influences.

This collection of artworks is part of a generous gift of 61 pieces to the City of Boise from the James Castle Collection and Archive.


James Castle Collection - Peanut Container

Peanut container with colored wads, Courtesy of James Castle Collection and Archive

The Material Life Of James Castle

Ongoing 

The Material Life Of James Castle featured in the historic back bedroom, catalogs original materials found throughout the Castle family house, along with items specific to James' art making practice. These materials offer a unique view into the finishes, patterns, colors and packaging that informed the construction of the house and are also reflected in Castle’s work.

Organized by James Castle House

In partnership with:

James Castle Collection and Archive
Byron W Folwell Exhibits

PAST EXHIBITIONS


James Castle's Shed

James Castle (1899 – 1977), Untitled (Shed 1), n.d., © 2019 James Castle Collection and Archive, All Rights Reserved

Viewshed: Impressions of Place

May 15, 2019 - August 31, 2019

The small shed that stands on the property at 5015 Eugene Street has survived for over a century, through decades of development and modernization, of changing residents and shifting property lines. It is significant not only as a monument to the history of the site, but also because it served as James Castle’s primary living space and studio for over 30 years. Throughout that time, this humble structure became the centerpiece of Castle’s existence—a place of uninterrupted peace and solitude where he created much of the work that remains today. The shed provided him the space and context to create from his memory, his observations, and his imagination. It is unsurprising that many of Castle’s works explore the shed itself. He investigates its relationship to the surrounding landscape and buildings, to reflect his own intimate experience of the space. Through his drawings, we gain insight into how he engaged with the building and its significance in his own life.

The shed today provides a vital link between the present and the past to allow us a rare glimpse of Castle’s inner life. His presence is palpable. The boards and cupboards evoke a sense of his daily life along with other traces that appear unexpectedly in the form of pencil stubs and sooty smudges that remain despite the passing decades. The shed is a crucial component to the James Castle House experience and provides depth and connection when we share the story of the remarkable artist and this site. To ensure its lasting presence, our efforts for the next few years will focus on conservation of the shed and its integral and historic value.

Organized by James Castle House

In partnership with:

James Castle Collection and Archive


James Castle Artwork

James Castle (1899 – 1977), Untitled (Eugene St. House), n.d., © 2019 James Castle Collection and Archive, All Rights Reserved, City of Boise Collection

Between Board and Batten: Works From The James Castle House

April 28, 2018 - May 4, 2019

Most of James Castle’s surviving artworks and artifacts likely endured decades at 5015 Eugene Street-- some bundled and tucked away, some in plain sight, and some placed between wall boards expectantly waiting for discovery.

This collection of artworks is part of a generous gift of 61 pieces to the City of Boise from the James Castle Collection and Archive in honor of James’ family who cared for him throughout his lifetime, protected his art and nurtured his creative spirit. The works in this collection range from books to soot drawings, and demonstrate the wide range of Castle’s curiosity and skill. Eleven of these artworks were found inside the James Castle House during recent renovations, a fitting discovery in the effort to invite new artistic energy into the space. The City is grateful for this gift, which allows us to bring the works back to the place where James created them.

Organized by James Castle House

In partnership with:

James Castle Collection and Archive