John Singleton Copley
Charles Willson Peale
Frederic Edwin Church
Martin Johnson Heade
John Singer Sargent
Thomas Hart Benton
Willem de Kooning
Three Hundred Years of Innovation. Divided into six historical periods, the exhibirtion demonstrates how the art of each era both reflected and contributed to a complex visual narrative of the nation during times of discovery, growth, and experimentation. The exhibition explores issues of identity, creation, innovation, and scale-characteristics integral to the American consciousness and derived in part from the variety and vastness of the cultural, political, ethnic, economic, and natural landscapes of the United States.
Three Hundred Years of Innovation
Divided into six historical periods, Art in America: Three Hundred Years of Innovation demonstrates how the art of each era both reflected and contributed to a complex visual narrative of the nation during times of discovery, growth, and experimentation. The exhibition explores issues of identity, creation, innovation, and scale-characteristics integral to the American consciousness and derived in part from the variety and vastness of the cultural, political, ethnic, economic, and natural landscapes of the United States. The six sections, each marking significant phases of the country's development, are: Colonization and Rebellion (1700-1830), Expansion and Fragmentation (1830-80), Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism (1880-1915), Modernism and Regionalism (1915-45), Prosperity and Disillusionment (1945-80), and Multiculturalism and Globalization (1980-present).
Featured artists from the early 18th century to the present include, among many others: John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, George Catlin, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, Martin Johnson Heade, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Frederic Remington, Marsden Hartley, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Charles Demuth, Georgia O'Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Brice Marden, Chuck Close, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Prince, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and John Currin.
The curatorial team of the exhibition has been led by Thomas Krens, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Elizabeth Kennedy, Curator of the Collection, Terra Foundation for American Art; and Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugenie Prendergast Senior Curator of 19th-and 20th-Century Art, Williams College Museum of Art have selected and installed the exhibition.
The exhibition benefited from the expertise of the following scholars of American art and modernism: Michael Leja, Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania; the late Robert Rosenblum, Professor of Fine Arts, New York University, and Stephen and Nan Swid Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and John Wilmerding, Christopher B. Sarofim Professor of American Art, Princeton University, and a trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Included among the many highlights of the exhibition are: Charles Willson Peale's George Washington (ca. 1780-82, Walton Family Foundation), Henry Inman's Yoholo-Micco (1832-33, High Museum of Art, Atlanta), George Caleb Bingham's Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers through the Cumberland Gap (1851-52, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis), Asher B. Durand's A Symbol (1856, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga), Edward P. Moran's The Unveiling of the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World (1886, Museum of the City of New York), Marsden Hartley's Painting No. 50 (1914-15, Terra Foundation for American Art), Edward Hopper's Corn Hill (Truro, Cape Cod) (1930, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio), Jackson Pollock's The Moon-Woman (1942, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice), Willem de Kooning's Composition (1955, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Andy Warhol's Orange Disaster (1963, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Ed Ruscha's The Back of Hollywood (1977, Musee d'art contemporain de Lyon), and Jean-Michel Basquiat's Man from Naples (1982, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao).
A fully illustrated color catalogue published in Russian accompanies the exhibition with an essay by Michael Leja that outlines the major movements in American art from the Colonial period to the present. A timeline of historic events in American history is also included.
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, and to the collection, conservation, and study of the art of our time. The Foundation realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and cultural partnerships. Currently the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns and operates three museums: the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue, New York City; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy; and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas. The Foundation also provides programming and management for two other museums in Europe that bear its name, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the Deutsche Guggenheim, in Berlin. Through a unique alliance agreement, the Guggenheim Foundation shares its collections and collaborates on programming with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
The presentation of Art in America: Three Hundred Years of Innovation is in keeping with the Guggenheim's distinguished history of presenting groundbreaking exhibitions of Russian art, including Art of the Avant-Garde in Russia: Selections from the George Costakis Collection (1981), The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915-1932 (1992), Amazons of the Avant-Garde (2000), and Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism (2003), and RUSSIA! (2005-06).
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