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Exhibits Nationwide - October 2016

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
"Stuart Davis: In Full Swing"
Coming: November 20 - March 5, 2017

Having opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, "Stuart Davis: In Full Swing" will move to the National Gallery of Art. This is a major retrospective of an important American artist who had visited Santa Fe and its surrounding region in 1923. At the time, he was a young artist influenced by what he saw at the Armory Show in 1913, an exhibit that brought cutting-edge contemporary works to New York and Chicago. That is the path that Davis chose for his own work in a career that spanned some 50 years of the twentieth century. "In Full Swing" features approximately 100 works of art representative of the artist at the height of his creative powers.

Barbara Haskell, the exhibit curator, remarked about Davis: "By merging the bold, hard-edged style of advertising with the conventions of avant-garde painting, he created an art endowed with the vitality and dynamic rhythms that he saw as uniquely modern and American. In the process, Davis achieved a rare synthesis: an art that is resolutely abstract yet at the same time exudes the spirit of popular culture."

The exhibit will also be displayed at the De Young Museum in San Francisco (April 8 -  August 6, 2017) and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, (Sept. 16, 2017 - Jan. 8, 2018).

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"William Merritt Chase"
Oct. 9, 2016 - Jan. 16, 2017

A traveling exhibit co-organized by Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Terra Foundation, and the Phillips Collection of Washington, D.C., "William Merritt Chase" is the first major exhibit in over thirty years to focus on the artist and his contribution to American art. Comprising important examples of some of Chase's (1849–1916) finest works in oil and pastel, the exhibit showcases eighty works from public and private collections. The artist held a preeminent place in American cultural life as an exponent of Impressionism and as an influential teacher to many important 20th-century American artists, including George Bellows and Georgia O'Keeffe.

Following this exhibit, the paintings will travel to Italy: Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia (Venice), February 10 - May 28, 2017.

An exhibition catalogue, "William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master," features essays by prominent scholars of American art. Published by Yale University Press, in association with the Phillips Collection.

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"Making Modern"
Ongoing

The museum's Art of the Americas Wing has dedicated five of its gallery spaces to showcase art of the 20th century. It is described as an attempt to illustrate "the evolution of CONTINUED: Modern art in North America. Each gallery represents a moment—from Mexico City to New York to Boston." The curators have incorporated sources of inspiration and ideas from the social milieu in which each artist worked. Pulled from the museum's own collection as well as pieces on loan, the exhibit hopes to present a fresh perspective on the work of some of the greatest artists of the past century.  

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK
"Picturing Indian Territory, 1834-1907"
Opens October 7 - December 30, 2016

"Picturing Indian Territory" will survey the visual history of Oklahoma, from the earliest depictions by the explorer artists to later illustrators, artists, and even journalists. Moving chronologically, the exhibit will include paintings by notable artists such as George Catlin, John Mix Stanley, and Frederic Remington; drawings by James Wells Champney and Balduin Mollhausen, two artists who helped explore Indian Territory; and important ephemera from the nineteenth century that helped to provide the American public with a pictorial view of Native American life and the Oklahoma Territories.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a book authored by exhibition curators Byron Price, director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West; James Peck, director of the Old Jail Art Center; and Mark White, the Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Tacoma Art Museum
"Artists Drawn to the West"
Closing in 2017

This is a wide-ranging exhibit that spans art from the Hudson River School and onward through 20th-century Modernism. With a focus on trends and movements that influenced artists and public perception, the exhibit attempts to show how these Western scenes connect with other contemporaneous movements in American and European art.

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"(Re)Presenting Native Americans"
Closing Oct. 30, 2016

This exhibit poses a fundamental question to the viewer: What is 'American identity'? Focusing on images of Native Americans created from the late 1800s to the present day, the exhibit explores how the Indigenous cultures of North America have been portrayed through time, by artists from different eras and backgrounds.

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