Current Exhibition

Mark Tobey: Threading Light

November 4, 2017 – March 11, 2018




Current Exhibition

Invisible Citings: Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne

September 1–December 31, 2017



Current Exhibition

Seen and Unseen

September 1–December 31, 2017



Current Exhibition

Eye on the Collection

September 1, 2017–July 31, 2018



Current Exhibition

sad poems.

November 15, 2017 - March 4, 2018

​Exploring the n​otion of sadness through photographs that capture poetic and tragic qualities in American life; curated by Phillips Academy students 


Collection Spotlight

  • “National Archives Microfilm Publication M999 Roll 34” 2009

    Kara Walker (video) The disturbing story of an African American family... »MORE

  • Bed Rug 1741

    Phoebe Denison Billings (wool) A fascinating object of 18th and early 19th century domestic design... »MORE

  • Black Niijima Floats 2010

    Dale Chihuly (glass) A major installation for the Addison's newly renovated building. »MORE

  • Black Painting 1980

    Shirley Goldfarb (oil on canvas) Shirley Goldfarb belongs to a long and distinguished list of expatriate American artists... »MORE

  • Break on through the other side 1995

    Sam Messer (oil on canvas) The conclusion of the artist's series of portraits of folk painter Jon Serl... »MORE

  • Crossing The Threshold 2009

    Mark Bradford Mark Bradford builds canvases from scavenged from the streets near his studio in South Central Los Angeles… »MORE

  • Funeral—St. Helena, South Carolina neg. 1955-56, prints c. 1981

    Robert Frank (gelatin silver print) The Addison is one of only three American museums to own all 83 images from The Americans... »MORE

  • Looking Up Inside Sending Tower 1933

    Margaret Bourke-White (gelatin silver print) The Addison is one of the first American museums to collect photography… »MORE

  • Study - Miss R. c. 1904

    Alvin Langdon Coburn (photogravure) An experimental portrait displaying the artist's love of simplicity and abstraction... »MORE

  • No. 1 1951

    Anne Ryan (paper, fabric collage on illustration board) It was in the late 1940s that the poet-turned-artist Anne Ryan began to make her first collages... »MORE

  • Summer, Sea, Window, Red Curtain 1942

    Marsden Hartley (oil on canvas) Merges seascape and still life, realism and abstraction... »MORE

  • Mary Elizabeth Martin 1771

    John Singleton Copley (oil on canvas) One of a handful of children painted by Copley... »MORE

  • Fenêtre I 2009

    Sheila Hicks (cotton, bamboo, linen, silk) From Sheila Hicks's retrospective exhibition. »MORE

  • Structure of Arches 1939

    David Smith (steel with zinc and copper plating) Abstract and uncannily anthropomorphic at the same time... »MORE

  • Painting sketch No. 2 - New York 1922

    Louis Lozowick (oil on canvas) Best known for his depictions of New York cityscapes with their dazzling play between light and shade... »MORE

  • Eight Bells 1886

    Winslow Homer (oil on canvas) Winslow Homer’s iconic Eight Bells  has been beloved by generations of visitors to the Addison… »MORE

  • Souvenir II 1997

    Kerry James Marshall (acrylic, collage, and glitter on unstretched canvas banner) While Kerry James Marshall developed a radically different visual vocabulary for his 1997-98 series, Souvenir... »MORE

  • Professor Henry A. Rowland 1897

    Thomas Eakins (oil on canvas) A contemplative and laudatory portrait... »MORE

  • Design for Yacht Interior c. 1914

    Stuart Travis (watercolor) An elegant mixed-media drawing featuring a proposed design for the breakfast room of a yacht... »MORE

  • Narcissus 1986

    Duane Michals (five gelatin silver prints) Classical in his sculpturally formed body and tousled long hair, the model in Duane Michals’s series reenacts the myth of Narcissus... »MORE

  • Prom Dress 1975

    Joan Lyons (offset lithograph) When put together, these six lithographs compose an image that is at once sweet and subtly intriguing... »MORE

  • Dream House 2002

    Gregory Crewdson (chromogenic print) In the photographic series Dream House by Gregory Crewdson, suburbia and surrealism collide... »MORE

  • The Kaleidoscope House 2000

    Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright (dollhouse and accessories) Occupying the conceptual space between dollhouse, model, and work of art... »MORE

  • The Circus 1912

    George Bellows (oil on canvas) Swirling, excited motion within the circus ring... »MORE

  • The Toast 1964

    John Koch (oil on canvas) Koch imbues his elegantly staged interior scenes with nuanced psychological subtext... »MORE

  • The Secret World of Frank Stella 1958-1962

    Hollis Frampton (gelatin silver print) Representing a milestone in the careers of two artists... »MORE

  • Runaways 1993

    Glenn Ligon (suite of ten lithographs) Exploring the construction of identity... »MORE

  • Untitled #765 1993-1994

    Petah Coyne (mixed media) Both thoughtful and adventurous, Petah Coyne seeks out unconventional materials for her sculptures... »MORE

  • Teapot c. 1750

    Jacob Hurd (silver with wood handle) An extraordinary example of American silver with deep ties to Phillips Academy. »MORE

  • Henry Hudson Bridge Substructure 2006

    Rackstraw Downes (oil on canvas) An intense study of changing light... »MORE

  • Radiant Night 1932-1933

    Oscar Bluemner (oil on canvas) Based on a charcoal sketch, Burnett’s House, Bloomfield, 1917-20, this painting typifies Bluemner’s approach... »MORE

  • Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair 1912

    John Sloan (oil on canvas) Depicting the urban life of New York City... »MORE

  • Wave, Night 1928

    Georgia O'Keefe A rare O’Keeffe nocturnal seascape, Wave, Night has been featured in over forty traveling exhibitions since it joined the Addison collection in 1947… »MORE

  • Venice (Light Under Church Doors) 1960, printed c. late 1960s

    Ray K. Metzker (gelatin silver print) Rays of sunlight passing through the cracked doors of a Venetian church form a cross-like shape... »MORE

    Addison Happenings

  • Student-curated exhibition 'sad poems.' on view in the Museum Learning Center through March 4, 2018
  • Curator Susan Faxon retires after 31 years at the Addison
  • Holiday shopping at the Addison
  • 'Mark Tobey: Threading Light' is now open and on view through March 11, 2018