Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Rooted: Family and Nature in Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration

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This exhibition explores the enduring bonds of nature and family through a lively presentation of original artwork from eight illustrated children’s books. The illustrations on view will feature a diverse group of protagonists who experience compelling moments in their everyday lives, whether...

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Allan Freelon: Painter, Printmaker, Teacher

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Since 2020, Brandywine has acquired 24 works by the Philadelphia born artist and educator Allan Randall Freelon. This exhibition endeavors to introduce audiences to Freelon’s life and work with a spotlight on these recent acquisitions...

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Abstract Flash: Unseen Andrew Wyeth

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Andrew Wyeth said, “My struggle is to preserve that abstract flash like something you caught out of the corner of your eye” and on numerous occasions called himself an abstract artist. Prompted by these statements, this exhibition is the first to focus on this major American artist’s...

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Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature

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A pioneering modernist in American art, Joseph Stella (1877-1946) is recognized primarily for his dynamic Futurist-inspired paintings of New York, in particular Coney Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. Through these majestic works—which emerged beginning in 1913—Stella established his reputation...

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Andrew Wyeth: Home Places

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This exhibition is a presentation of nearly 50 paintings and drawings of local buildings that inspired Wyeth time and again over seven decades of his career.

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Dawoud Bey: Night Coming Tenderly, Black

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This exhibition is a selection of photographs from Bey’s critically acclaimed series from 2017. Regarded as one of the most important photographers working today, Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) is recognized for his compelling, large-scale portraits and street photographs of marginalized people...

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Ralston Crawford: Air & Space & War

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Ralston Crawford’s art underwent a dramatic evolution in the 1940s influenced by aviation—from his personal experiences in flight, to his exposure to the construction of airplanes and the destruction they wrought in the war. ...

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Betsy James Wyeth: A Tribute

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The Brandywine River Museum of Art pays tribute to Betsy James Wyeth (1921-2020) with a display of drawings and paintings of and about her in the Andrew Wyeth Gallery, and with a biography of her remarkable life presented in the first-floor lobby of the Museum.Betsy Wyeth was her husband...

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Witness to History: Selma Photography of Stephen Somerstein

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The historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, civil rights march concerned one issue—the right to vote. Two thousand marchers set out on March 21 along Route 80, known as the “Jefferson Davis Highway.” After two failed attempts to complete the march, President Johnson dispatched...

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Votes for Women: A Visual History

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The year 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which granted women the right to vote—although many voting struggles persisted for marginalized groups following its ratification.

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