The Addison at Home
If an in-person visit is not possible at this time, there are variety of ways to stay connected to the Addison. Take a virtual tour, browse our collection, find creative projects for kids, and follow us on social media for updates, to learn about artists and the collection, ask us questions, and more.
Head over to the Programs page for information about the current season's online events, and to
access recordings of recent programs.
In celebration of our 90th anniversary, the Addison Gallery of American Art invited Tamar Avishai, host of the award-winning podcast
The Lonely Palette, to create
Look with Your Ears: The Addison at 90, a limited series that thematically explores works in the Addison's collection. With episodes that focus on abstraction, the figure, and the urban sublime, Tamar looks at a selection of some of the most important and provocative objects in the Addison’s collection, and investigates what they mean to art history and to each other.
Explore recent exhibitions:
digital portfolios of recent permanent collection exhibitions, including
A Wildness Distant from Ourselves, Man Up!, and Expanding the Narrative: Recent Acquisitions, and many more, are also available online.
Explore the Collection
Almost all of the Addison's 23,000-object collection is digitized and available on our website.
Search for a specific work, or
browse by artist, exhibition, theme, or time period.
For many works, there is an option to zoom in for a more detailed view. Get an up-close look at Winslow Homer's brushstrokes in
Eight Bells, the hand-carved symbols on the gilded frame of Thomas Eakins's
Professor Henry A. Rowland, the variety of colors that make up Maria Oakey Dewing's
A Bed of Poppies, and
Resources for Families
- Curate an exhibition using some of the most-loved works from the Addison's collection! Based on the magnetic "My Addison Gallery" kits that are usually available in our Looking Together tote bags, the #AddisonAtHome
Curating Kit includes a blank gallery and miniature works of art to cut out and arrange.
- Here is a fun take on the trending hashtag #MuseumFromHome: make your own mini museum using all of the art projects that your kids might be making right now. Think about how your ideas can be enhanced through labels – the bits of writing that accompany objects in a museum that typically give some factual information such as:
Artist’s Name (year of birth)
Title, Year the artwork was made
You can also add a few sentences of interpretation that go beyond what viewer’s already see to increase their understanding of the object.
- Create a mini pop-up gallery: visit
bit.ly/addisonpopupgallery for directions.
Collections + Museums: Communicating Cultural Value: Teacher, Student, and Family Guide offers ideas for using your personal collections or toys in creative ways.
- Take virtual tours of
museums from around the world to explore works of all media and time periods up close.
See Addison staff discuss exhibitions, the collection, museum history, and more:
Aphrodite Désirée Navab: Landmines Of Memory:
This video walk-through of
Aphrodite Désirée Navab: Landmines Of Memory offers an up-close view of this unique presentation of 58 ink drawings. Created while Navab was an Addison Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence, the series is inspired by her brother, Alexander Navab, who graduated from Phillips Academy in 1983, and who passed away unexpectedly in 2019. Mining her Iranian, Greek, and American heritage, Navab combines in this series the Labyrinth from Greek mythology and the patience stone from Persian folklore to explore stories of exile and migration, rupture and suture, loss and survival.
Wayfinding: Contemporary Artists, Critical Dialogues, and the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection:
Wayfinding presents new work by six artists—Sonny Assu, Andrea Chung, Liz Collins, Spencer Finch, Josh T. Franco, and Heidi Whitman—made in response to a two-year engagement with Phillips Academy’s Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection. Exhibition curators Allison Kemmerer and Stephanie Sparling Williams offer a video tour of
Wayfinding, and the artists discuss their work exploring the ways in which American spaces have been imagined, claimed, measured, circumscribed, and contested.
Looking Closely: A Harvest of Death (1863), a Civil War photograph:
Curatorial Fellow Dr. Tessa Hite offers a close reading of Timothy O’Sullivan’s
A Harvest of Death, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1863 from
Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, Volume I in the Addison's collection.
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for a look at collection favorites as well as little-known and rarely or never-before exhibited gems. Learn about artists and the history of and stories behind the works, ask us questions, and tell us what you would like to see!