Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
April 19, 2014 - July 13, 2014
Part of a six-city international tour, with 41 works by some of the greatest names in European art—including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, and Titian—“Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums” will examine the evolution of thematic and stylistic trends in Italian art from religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century. The remarkable regional and historical breadth of the exhibition will also showcase the outstanding quality of Glasgow Museums’ collection.
Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. The exhibition tour is generously supported by the JFM Foundation and the Donald and Maria Cox Charitable Fund. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie's.
Everson presentation is made possible by M&T Bank and The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation.
Additional support is provided by Bond, Schoeneck & King, Cannon Pools & Spas, DestinyUSA, J.M. McDonald Foundation, Michael and Valerie Clarke, Virginia A. Hoveman, Patricia J. Numann, M.D., Dr. Paul E. Phillips and Sharon Sullivan, David & Nancy Ridings, Louise Rosenfield, Jack & Stephanie Rudnick, and Tonia M. and Robert B. Salisbury.
Image: Sandro Botticelli, The Annunciation, ca. 1490–95. Tempera on panel. Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1854.
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond
October 18, 2014 - January 4, 2015
The exhibition presents 100 paintings, sculpture, and photographs by 43 African American artists from the premier collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, more than half of which are being shown for the first time. The exhibition features artists who came to prominence during the period bracketed by the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement. Some trained in this country's most prestigious art schools, others in the ateliers of Paris. Many were teachers; others worked at whatever jobs allowed them time to create. All participated in multivalent dialogues about art, black identity, and the rights of the individual that engaged American society throughout the 20th century. The exhibition includes works by James Van der Zee, Robert McNeill, Richmond Barthe, Benny Andrews, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Thornton Dial, Sargent Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Charles Searles, Romare Bearden, James Porter and Alma Thomas.
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Alston & Bird, Amherst Holdings, LLC, Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, Larry Irving and Leslie Wiley, William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowment Fund, Clarence Otis and Jacqui Bradley, PEPCO. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the Smithsonian American Art Museum's traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.
Image: Romare Bearden, In the Garden from the Prevalence of Ritual Suite, 1974, screenprint, gift of Byron Lewis.