Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950
October 17, 2020 - March 7, 2021
From its inception in 1931, the Addison Gallery has endeavored to expand visitors’ understanding and appreciation of American artistic production in innovative and transformative ways. Drawn entirely from the museum’s rich holdings, this exhibition seeks to build upon a nearly ninety-year legacy of disrupting convention by deploying one of the most conventional modes of museum display: the chronological hang. Iconic works by artists like Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Andrew Wyeth are placed in dialogue with paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures by lesser-known, and in some cases, unknown artists. Through an installation that deemphasizes hierarchies of medium, subject matter, and critical recognition, this exhibition offers a more holistic and nuanced glimpse into a century of creative expression in America.
Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Bernard and Louise Palitz Exhibitions Fund.