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Exhibitions:

Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power

Virtually Rudy: New Dimensions in Sculpture

Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective


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Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power
March 24 – July 15, 2018
Putman | Smith Gallery

Curated by Louise Feder, Assistant Curator

“Within the subtle range of values, peculiarly his own, Bredin succeeded in combining harmony and power, truly artistic…colors are arranged in harmonies with a sustained organization of the highest order...quality of texture and whole expression. One phase of his talent was the just appraisal of that quality known as ‘decorative.’” – John F. Folinsbee, “Bredin Memorial,” 1933

Rae Sloan Bredin (1880-1933) has long been known among the Pennsylvania Impressionists as a painter whose work is characterized by refinement and dignity, serenity and delicacy. His paintings depict life in New Hope and, unlike those of his local peers, often depict women and children in groups both out in nature as well as in intimate interiors. This exhibition will highlight works spanning Bredin’s career, touching on his time as a student, instructor, and member of the New Hope Group.

Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power is sponsored by Kathy and Ted Fernberger with additional support by the Sienkiewicz Family.

The publication is supported by the Virginia B. and William D. Williams Endowment Fund. In-kind support is provided by Brilliant Graphics.

Virtually Rudy: New Dimensions in Sculpture
Through July 1, 2018
Pfundt Gallery

Co-curated by Adrienne Romano, Director of Interpretation & Innovation, and Louise Feder, Assistant Curator

In 2015, the Michener was the first institution on the East Coast and the fourth institution in the United States to partner with the Google Cultural Institute 3D Operations team to digitize twenty-six objects from the Michener’s permanent collection, making these works accessible in 3D to a global audience. Fifteen sculptures by Charles Rudy (1904-1986) were among the first pieces at the Michener to be scanned and exhibited online.

In this innovative exhibition, Rudy sculptures will appear alongside their digital representations, exploring the intersection between 20th century art and 21st century technology. Using Google Cardboard viewers, the Rudy scans can be viewed in virtual reality, and 3D printing demonstrations will illustrate the fascinating process through which intangible objects are made real. Virtually Rudy is the first exhibition to explore new dimensions, both physical and virtual, of Rudy’s work, creating a unique, immersive experience—one where the nationally known sculptor’s pieces can be seen and enjoyed like never before.

The exhibition program in the Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery is presented by Vivian Banta and Robert Field.

Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective
Through May 6, 2018
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries and the Fred Beans Gallery

Curated by Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D. Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator, and Sara Woodbury, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Roswell Museum and Art Center

No family name is more closely associated with 20th century American art than Wyeth: the names N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth spark universal recognition. Henriette Wyeth—daughter, sister, and aunt, respectively—is less known, but no less remarkable. Co-organized by the Michener Art Museum and Roswell Museum and Arts Center, Magical & Real is a major retrospective that explores Wyeth’s career with paintings dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, and also examines the work and career of her husband, Peter Hurd. Featuring over 100 works, the exhibition reveals the trajectories of husband-and-wife artists, illuminates the influences of culture and region, and re-situates two forceful creators into the larger dialogue of American art.

Peter Hurd (1904-1984) and Henriette Wyeth (1907-1997) were important contributors to the arts of both the Philadelphia region and the Southwest. Peter Hurd, a native of Roswell, attended Haverford College, near Philadelphia and later studied with N.C. Wyeth in Chadds Ford. While there, he met Wyeth’s eldest daughter, Henriette, a talented painter whose lyrical large scale canvases had quickly earned her critical recognition following her graduation from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The two were married in 1929, and—torn by ties to both the east coast and the southwest—relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1940. There, both artists were rebranded as Regionalists, a characterization that marginalized their respective contributions to American art.

Magical & Real is the first joint retrospective of Wyeth and Hurd’s work since 1967, and the first scholarly exhibition to seriously consider the work of either artist in thirty years. The exhibition will introduce audiences familiar only with the name Wyeth to the significant body of work produced by the woman that Andrew Wyeth felt was the most talented of all N.C. Wyeth’s children.

Accompanied by a richly illustrated scholarly catalogue with essays by Jensen and Woodbury, Magical & Real will include approximately 100 works.

Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective and its attendant catalogue are generously supported by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Visit Bucks County, with further support from Bank of America, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, and Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.

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