Norman Rockwell Drawings, 1914-1976, through January 7, 2023. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge , Massachusetts
A new exhibition featuring rarely seen Norman Rockwell drawings and preliminary studies from his six-decade career and coinciding with the release of Norman Rockwell: Drawings, 1914-1976, a new book of the same title, by Abbeville Press written by Museum curators Stephanie Haboush Plunkett and Jesse Kowalski. Though best known for his painted magazine covers and illustrations for stories, books, and advertisements, Norman Rockwell was also a prolific and masterful draftsman who utilized drawing as an essential underpinning of his art. Select drawings by Rockwell’s teachers, predecessors, and contemporaries will also be included, from the Museum’s American Illustration collection. Please contact the Museum for details of admission and tickets.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Rd
Stockbridge , Massachusetts 01262
Faces from the Interior: The Native American Portraits of Karl Bodmer, Oct 30, 2022 - Jan 22, 2023. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Ft. Worth, Texas
Oct 30, 2022 - Jan 22, 2023
Organized by and drawn exclusively from the collection of the Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, Nebraska), Faces from the Interior features over 60 recently conserved watercolors including portraits of individuals from the Omaha, Ponca, Yankton, Lakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Assiniboine, and Blackfoot nations. Contemporary Indigenous knowledge bearers, artists, and scholars from the nations that Bodmer and his companion, German prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied, visited between 1832 and 1834 have contributed texts and four short films for this exhibition, which together highlight the diverse histories, beliefs, and practices embodied in the portraits.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ft. Worth, TX, 76107
Great Leaders of the Indian Nation: McKenney & Hall Portraits
On view through March 5, 2023 in the Central Hall on the second floor of the historic house. Prints on view are from the Art Center’s permanent collection. They represent leaders of Native Americans from Ioway, Fox, Sauk, and Mesquaki tribes that inhabited Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, and Nebraska.
Muscatine Art Center
1314 Mulberry Avenue
Hummingbirds / 19th-Century Lithographs of Exotic Hummingbirds, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Through September 5.
19th-Century Lithographs of Exotic Hummingbirds (Through September 5)
Experience a beautiful new exhibit about the exotic hummingbird family in the Museum’s Maximus Gallery. Featured are original nineteenth-century hand-colored lithographs by British ornithologist John Gould.
Hummingbirds have captivated gardeners and bird watchers alike for their delicate beauty and avian maneuvers. Native to the New World, there are over 320 species, mostly found in Central and South America. Of the 17 species found to breed in North America and winter south of the border, only six are routinely found on the Central Coast.
While all of Gould’s books on birds were popular, it was his five-volume monograph on The Family of Hummingbirds, published between 1849 to 1861, that drew the most attention. Gould developed a special process to capture the reflective iridescence of bird feathers. His work on hummingbirds provided the most reliable attempt to arrange the species systematically and became the definitive reference for the Victorian era.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Telephone: (805) 682-4711
John James Audubon and His Birds of America, The Museum at South Kensington, London, England, Until July 6, 2022.
This free display (until July 6, 2022) of engravings from John James Audubon's "The Birds of America" reaffirms why it continues to inspire artists, bird experts and conservationists alike.
John James Audubon was born in 1785. A self-taught wildlife artist, he spent twenty years travelling North America to record birds for his book. Published between 1827 and 1838, the 435 prints transformed bird illustration through realistic proportions, animated poses and innovative new printing techniques. The Birds of America is a feat of artistry and technical skill.
Display highlights include:
The Natural History Museum
THE MUSEUM AT SOUTH KENSINGTON
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom
Looking at the Collection: Audubon Quadrupeds, Haws Gallery, March 27 – July 3, 2022, Huntsville Museum of ArT, Huntsville, AL
Looking at the Collection: Audubon Quadrupeds
This exhibition (March 27 - July 3, 2022) presents a selection of original Audubon prints from the Museum’s own collection of thirty-four viviparous quadrupeds, donated by Mr. & Mrs. William H. Told. The Tolds collected Audubon prints for nearly forty years, having received their first work — a marmot — as a gift. They appreciated the scientifically accurate animal subjects (some of which are now extinct), as well as the beautifully detailed backgrounds that often included native foliage and other naturalistic details.
HUNTSVILLE MUSEUM OF ART
300 Church Street S., Huntsville, AL 35801
Catesby in the Carolinas
Mark your calendar for this exhibit (3/21/22 - 8/13/22) of Mark Catesby works and accompanying programming. Catesby (1683-1749) was an English naturalist, explorer and artist who traveled the southeastern U.S. and Caribbean and documented the wildlife he encountered there through his publication Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands.
Catesby in the Carolinas is a collaborative exhibit between the Libraries Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the McKissick Museum. The Irvin Department is showcasing its collection of Catesby prints in its gallery at the Hollings Library and McKissick is exploring Catesby's natural history. Both exhibits are free and open to the public.
1322 Greene Street
Columbia, SC. 29208
1501 Pendleton Street
Columbia, S.C. 29201
Published between 1827-1838, Birds of America contains 435 life-size watercolours, all reproduced from hand-engraved plates. Due to its enormous size (standing at almost one metre tall), very few complete versions remain today. The exhibition showcases a beautiful bound copy of Birds of America, 46 original unbound prints, rare books, letters, ephemera and taxidermy specimens that demonstrate the accuracy of the drawings. Coveted for its accurate life-size drawings of North American birds as well as it’s depiction of many now-extinct species, its scientific value makes Birds of America one of the most celebrated books of natural history.
National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
0300 123 6789
Ongoing Exhibition: Audubon "Birds of America" : Krystyna Doerfler Focus Gallery, New-York Historical Society Museum and LibraRy, New York.
Did you know that the New-York Historical Society (NYHS) houses the world's largest collection of Auduboniana? One of the great American artist-naturalists, John James Audubon (1785–1851) was the legendary rara avis who created the landmark Birds of America (1827–38). Experience highlights from Audubon’s spectacular watercolor models for the 435 plates of The Birds of America with their corresponding plates from the double-elephant-folio series, engraved by Robert Havell Jr. This intimate gallery—the only place in the world where one can see the artist's watercolor model, the Havell plate, and reduced octavo-edition exhibited together—features a bimonthly rotation that highlights a single species at a time. Each rotation also includes other watercolors and Auduboniana to showcase the artist’s creative process and his contributions to ornithological illustration. Curated by Roberta J.M. Olson, curator of drawings emerita.
Note: Due to the watercolor medium and its paper support, these light-sensitive works can only be displayed for short periods of time under low light levels. The gallery allows New-York Historical to share these national treasures with the public while preserving them for future generations. Please contact the NYHS for details about admission.
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024
Bird Art in the Age of Discovery and Beyond: Works from the Stubblefield Collection, Simmons Visual Arts Center, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA, NOVEMBER 4, 2021- MARCH 2, 2022.
The works in this exhibition (November 4, 2021 - March 2, 2022) come from the impressive collection of Dr. Michael and Elyn Stubblefield. The selected pieces showcase art from the 1700s to modern times and demonstrate how much art and artists’ views have evolved surrounding the scientific depiction of birds.
Some highlights include art work by Pieter Holsteyn, Johann Leonhard Frisch, Eleazer Albin, Mark Catesby, Sarah Stone, Alexander Wilson, John James Audubon, Prideaux John Selby, John Gould, Henry Constantine Richter, Roger Tory Peterson, David Beadle etc among others.
Simmons Visual Arts Center
Gainesville, GA 30501
Phone: (770) 534-6263
Exhibition: "Seeing Audubon: Robert Havell, Jr. and The Birds of America" Dec 20, 2021–Apr 3, 2022. Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
John James Audubon’s The Birds of America has been analyzed by scholars of art history, ornithology, and history of science and mythologized within American frontier history alongside the evocative biography of Audubon himself. It has not been thoroughly considered, however, through the lens of its primary printmaker, Robert Havell Jr., who printed the publication in his London shop between 1827 and 1838. In doing so, Havell Jr. transformed Audubon’s original watercolor studies into the scientific and artistic masterpiece for which Audubon is known today. Seeing Audubon presents the ongoing research of artist, printmaker and UW–Madison Associate Professor Emily Arthur as she explores the techniques and methods that Havell Jr. used to print The Birds of America. Additionally, two volumes of a complete four-volume set of The Birds of America are on view in this exhibition. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by the Brittingham Wisconsin Trust.
Chazen Museum of Art
University of Wisconsin
750 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives, October 2, 2021-January 23, 2022, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
The traveling exhibition "REVISITING AMERICA: THE PRINTS OF CURRIER & IVES" organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, will be at the Florence Griswold Museum from October 2, 2021 through January 23, 2022. Special lectures about Currier & Ives on October 6th and 8th. Please visit the museum website for details.
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives will explore how the largest printmaking company in nineteenth-century America visualized the nation’s social, political, and industrial fabric. The company is best known today for its lush, hand-colored lithographs that nostalgically depicted an idyllic republic of pioneer homesteads, sporting camps, and bucolic pastimes; however, these sentimental images comprised only one aspect of Currier & Ives’ production. The company’s inexpensive and popular prints were a ubiquitous presence for decades, and just as frequently touched on pressing social and political issues. Addressing economic development, western expansion, the Civil War, and controversies of racial and class politics, Currier & Ives portrayed scenes of urbanization, nation building, naval battles, catastrophic disasters, and current events that were far from idyllic.
Divided into five themes—Country Life, Hunting, Politics and History, Sport, and Urbanization—this exhibition reveals the surprising modernity of the firm’s prints. The works on view offer a complex and conflicted vision of America that embraced the possibilities of an emerging urban and industrial society while nostalgically celebrating the social stability of a rural ideal.
Associate Curator : Katie Wood Kirchhoff
6000 Shelburne Road
PO Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482
"Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer", 10/2/2021 - 5/1/2022, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
"Faces from the Interior is the first Museum project to focus exclusively on Karl Bodmer’s watercolor portraits of Native Americans. The exhibition features sixty-four recently-conserved watercolors, drawn entirely from Joslyn’s renowned Maximilian-Bodmer collection. This includes portraits of individuals from Omaha, Yankton, Lakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Assiniboine, and Blackfoot tribes, among many Native communities encountered by Maximilian and Bodmer during their travels along the Missouri River from Saint Louis to Fort McKenzie, in present-day Montana. The installation will be complemented by a selection of Bodmer’s Missouri River landscapes and Native American village sites, placing viewers within the larger context of life on the High Plains.
Faces from the Interior was organized by the Margre H. Durham Center for Western Studies, Joslyn Art Museum, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In Spring 2021, the exhibition will be one of the first rotating installations to complement The Met’s new installation of The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of Native American Art. The exhibition will return to Omaha in Fall 2021 and travel to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX during October 29, 2022 - January 22, 2023.
Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102-1292
American Original: The Life and Work of John James Audubon, May 16 – September 19, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), Spokane, WAshington
"The MAC is pleased to present an exclusive collection of original prints, and a selection of drawings, paintings, manuscripts, and personal possessions that shed light on the man behind the masterpieces. Our exhibition tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the people, processes, and young nation that produced this American original. who overcame so many obstacles to attain international recognition through his creativity and initiative.
Supplemented with taxidermy from the MAC’s collection, the objects in the exhibition are on loan from the John James Audubon State Park Museum in Henderson, Kentucky, where Audubon and his family lived for many years."
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
2316 West First Avenue
Spokane, Washington 99201
An exhibit about the diversity and abundance of wildlife in North America in the early 19th century as witnessed by artists and ornithologists, paired with their own prophetic warnings about wilderness loss during their time. Images of now-extinct birds illustrated by Mark Catesby, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon are on display, through May 2, 2021.
John and Peggy Maximus Gallery
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Telephone: (805) 682-4711
Two new in-person exhibits explore the work of artist Karl Bodmer (1809-1893), created during Bodmer's voyage with Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied into the American interior beginning in 1833.
"Karl Bodmer: Travels in North America" April 1 - December 31, 2021
Fenimore Art Museum
5798 STATE HIGHWAY 80 (P.O.BOX 800)
COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326
"Karl Bodmer: North American Portraits" April 5 - July 25, 2021
The Met Fifth Avenue
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Original Artwork by Audubon’s Sons in the Museum Collection | Friends of Audubon State Park, Henderson, Kentucky
John Woodhouse Audubon and Victor Gifford Audubon were both highly talented artists in their own right, though their accomplishments are often eclipsed by the works of their more famous father, John James Audubon. The Audubon Museum in Henderson, KY boasts 17 original oil paintings (2 on display currently, and 15 in storage) by John Woodhouse and Victor Gifford Audubons. A recent post about these oil paintings (as well as images) by the museum curator Heidi Taylor-Caudill can be seen in the Blog section of the link for the Audubon Museum and Nature Center, Henderson, KY (see the Audubon page).
Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives, 11/21/2020 - 4/11/2021, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
In 2016, ConAgra Foods, Inc. (now Conagra Brands) donated nearly 600 Currier & Ives lithographs to Joslyn Art Museum. Now home to one of the largest public collections of these popular and historically significant images, Joslyn has organized this exhibition that sheds new light on the famous firm’s artistic and commercial practices. Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives will explore how the largest printmaking company in nineteenth-century America visualized the nation’s social, political, and industrial fabric.
Known today for its lush, hand-colored lithographs that nostalgically depicted an idyllic republic of pioneer homesteads, sporting camps, and bucolic pastimes, these sentimental images comprised only one aspect of Currier & Ives’ production. The company’s inexpensive and popular prints were a ubiquitous presence for decades, and just as frequently touched on pressing social and political issues. Addressing economic development, western expansion, the Civil War, and controversies of racial and class politics, Currier & Ives portrayed scenes of urbanization, nation building, naval battles, catastrophic disasters, and current events that were far from idyllic.
Revisiting America is organized into themed sections—Sails, Steam, and Speed; Urban Experiences; Domestic Visions; Sporting Life; The Frontier; The Civil War and the American South; America in War and Peace; and Humor. The exhibition reveals the surprising modernity of the firm’s prints, offering a complex and conflicted vision of America that embraced the possibilities of an emerging urban and industrial society while nostalgically celebrating the social stability of a rural ideal.
For additional details, please contact the museum.
Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102-1292
"Curious like Catesby – Explorer, Artist, Naturalist" , Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, 7 – 8 p.m., The Mark Catesby Centre at the University of South Carolina.
Location: University Libraries Virtual Event
Admission Cost: Free
Join our virtual expedition into the wilderness of the 18th century New World through the eyes of the mysterious Mark Catesby — Englishman, adventurer, explorer, naturalist and artist.
Rudy Mancke, along with other naturalists and curators who assist in the work of The Mark Catesby Centre at the University of South Carolina, will share tales of Catesby’s adventures. - - - - - - -
Registration is required to attend this free, online event (see link below). You will receive an email with a link to join closer to the event date.
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