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Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work

May 23, 2014 to June 22, 2014

This exhibition featured wooden sculptures hand-carved in the 19th century by German immigrant Wilhelm Schimmel (1817-1890).Although famed for his carved birds, from his large eagles to the smaller parrots, Schimmel also created dogs, lions, squirrels and other more fantastic...

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A Date with Art: The Business of Illustrated Calendars

January 25, 2014 to May 18, 2014

Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth—foremost illustrators in the first half of the 20th century—created some of their best-known images for advertising calendars. Calendars hung in millions of homes, shops and offices, providing artists with an opportunity...

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N.C. Wyeth's America in the Making

January 25, 2014 to May 18, 2014

Images of inspirational and patriotic events in American history, from Coronado’s 16th-century expedition through the Southwest to Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address in 1865, were on view in this exhibition.   N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making featured 12...

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Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan

June 15, 2013 to November 17, 2013

A small island off the coast of Maine, Monhegan has long lured artists to its remote shores, promising dramatic ocean vistas, rugged landscapes, and inspiring scenes of men struggling against the forces of nature. This exhibition examined the fascination that the...

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Which Way the Wind Blows: Antique American Weathervanes

May 25, 2013 to July 28, 2013

Functional and artistic, weathervanes roosted over American buildings both humble and high style—barns and banks, churches and courthouses. Viewed today as folk art, weathervanes were one of the earliest sculptural forms in the United States. Weathervane forms run the gamut through...

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Andrew Wyeth's "Ides of March": The Making of a Masterpiece

March 15, 2013 to May 27, 2013

This exhibition offered a historic opportunity to view Andrew Wyeth's rarely-seen tempera painting, Ides of March (1974).Along with more than 30 of the studies that were instrumental to his development of the composition. Assembled together for the first time, these provided...

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The Magic Pencil of the Amazing F.O.C. Darley

January 19, 2013 to March 10, 2013

More than 60 works by Felix Octavius Carr Darley, whose talent in book and magazine illustrations made him the most popular illustrator of his day, were on view in this exhibition. Darley (1822-1888) received praise for his "magic pencil," immortalizing the fictional characters...

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Pop-Up! Illustration in 3D

November 23, 2012 to January 6, 2013

With the element of surprise and the excitement of motion, pop-up books delight everyone.  Pop-Up! Illustration in 3-D presented a selection of pop-up books that range from late 19th century examples to the sophisticated constructions designed by contemporary...

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Picturing Poe: Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe's Stories and Poems

September 8, 2012 to November 15, 2012

Édouard Manet, Gustave Doré, Paul Gauguin, James Ensor, Aubrey Beardsley, Arthur Rackham, Harry Clarke, Barry Moser and Robert Motherwell were among the more than two dozen artists featured in Picturing Poe: Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe's Stories and Poems. From the...

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Summer Sojourns: Art on Holiday

June 9, 2012 to September 3, 2012

Visitors to the galleries enjoyed a visual journey to rocky sea coasts and sandy shores, tropical settings and mountainous vistas. Theyalso viewed depictions of pastoral landscapes, European cities and villages, Middle-Eastern markets, Asian rice paddies, and bamboo forests. These...

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Pierced, Punched, Painted: Decorated Tinware from Winterthur

May 26, 2012 to July 15, 2012

Long before the Tin Man character danced in The Wizard of Oz, the profession of tinsmith was an essential one in urban and rural America. Craftsmen who worked the metal made a wide range of useful household items, including food containers and dining wares, baking tins and...

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A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio

March 27, 2012 to November 4, 2012

This exhibition featured the artist's own view of his studio in paintings and drawings lent from private collections. Created between 1943 and 2005, these works reflected Wyeth's interest in the building's spare and aged interior and reveal informal moments with...

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Scribner's Magazine: The Early Years in Illustration

March 17, 2012 to May 20, 2012

The exhibition introduced visitors to the importance of the illustrated magazine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and emphasized the primacy of Scribner’s Magazine during the “golden age of illustration.” Scribner’s art editors hired the best artists and illustrators, and...

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Comic Catharsis: A Gift of Cartoons by William Steig

January 21, 2012 to March 11, 2012

Although best known today as the creator of Shrek, William Steig (1907-2003) first achieved fame for his cartoons and covers for The New Yorker and his published books of drawings such as The Lonely Ones (1942),...

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Celebrating Four Decades of Collecting

September 24, 2011 to November 20, 2011

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the museum’s galleries were filled to reflect the collection’s diverse landscapes, still life and genre painting, illustrations, as well as the work of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, and the extended Wyeth family.

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