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Impressionism to Modernism: The Lenfest Collection of American Art

Harry Leith-Ross: Scenes from Country Lifet

The Poetry of Sculpture: Raymond Granville Barger (1906–2001)


Impressionism to Modernism: The Lenfest Collection of American Art
Through March 1, 2020
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries

Curated by Laura Turner Igoe, Ph.D., Curator of American Art

In 1999, the Michener Art Museum received the most important collections gift in its history: 59 Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings from Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, a gift that instantly established the Michener as the finest collection of the art of Bucks County in private or public hands and the premier center for the study of art of this period. Glorious examples by such luminaries as Walter Emerson Baum, Fern Coppedge, John Fulton Folinsbee, Daniel Garber, William Lathrop, Edward Redfield, George Sotter, Robert Spencer, and Walter Elmer Schofield illustrate the profound importance of art produced in this region. In 2010, the Lenfests gave another major collection of Modernist works by Charles Frederick Ramsey, Louis Stone, Charles Evans, Lloyd Ney, and Charles Rosen, and others, expanding the Museum’s ability to tell the rich story of American art and securely placing the Museum in the pantheon of significant American museums.

In memory of Gerry Lenfest, the Michener will exhibit this fall the entire Lenfest collection for the first time in history, allowing visitors to see first-hand both the quality and extent of the generosity of two remarkable collectors, visionaries, and supporters of the Museum.

Impressionism to Modernism: The Lenfest Collection of American Art is generously supported by Visit Bucks County, Worth & Company, Inc., Bob and Joyce Byers, and Kathy and Ted Fernberger. Additional support is provided by FREEMAN’S.

Media support is provided by The Philadelphia Inquirer

Harry Leith-Ross: Scenes from Country Lifet
August 10, 2019 - February 9, 2020
Pfundt Gallery

Dr. Laura Turner Igoe, Curator of American Ar

Born in 1886 in the former British colony of Mauritius, Harry Leith-Ross grew up in Scotland and England. He came to the United States at the invitation of an uncle in 1903. After studying in Paris, London and returning to America, he worked in commercial art and advertising. In 1913, he left the advertising world to study painting at the Art Students League’s summer school at Woodstock, New York. During the 1910s Leith-Ross exhibited his first landscapes at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Leith-Ross settled permanently in New Hope in 1935 when he temporarily took over teaching duties for John Fulton Folinsbee, a former classmate who was summering in Maine. In the ensuing years, the artist would become an integral part of the New Hope art community and win awards from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Phillips’ Mill, National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, and the Salmagundi Club among others.

Leith-Ross became renowned for his vibrant, carefully composed oil paintings, and for his transparent watercolor technique in the tradition of the eighteenth-century. He gained recognition for depicting humble genre scenes of rural life and finding beauty in the everyday activities of people. In Harry Leith-Ross: Scenes from Country Life, intimate drawings (some with notes in the artist’s own hand) from the Michener’s collection provide a distinctive view into the artistic process and private thoughts of one of the most important American artists of the first half of the 20th century.

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

The Poetry of Sculpture: Raymond Granville Barger (1906–2001)
July 21, 2019 - October 20, 2019
Beans Gallery

Curated by Kathleen V. Jameson, Ph.D.

Raymond Barger (1906-2001) believed that artists and sculptors should work hand-in-hand with architects and industrial leaders, shaping the contemporary scene. A graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology and Yale University School of Fine Arts, Barger moved to Carversville, Pennsylvania in 1966, where he and his wife, Lilias, had a significant impact on the region’s cultural landscape for many years.

While best-known for his monumental outdoor sculptures, including works for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Barger also created smaller-scale, more intimate works for interior spaces. His Transition, a 25-foot long bronze sculpture originally commissioned for the J. C. Penny Headquarters Building in New York City in 1965, has graced the Byers Garden at the Michener since the year after the museum opened.

The Poetry of Sculpture: Raymond Granville Barger (1906–2001) is the first solo exhibition of Barger’s work at the Michener, and will include objects from the Museum’s permanent collection and loans, many of which come from private collections and are rarely available to the public.

The Poetry of Sculpture: Raymond Granville Barger (1906-2001) is generously supported by Silverman Family Partnerships, Nanna and Daniel Stern, and Worth & Company, Inc.

Raymond Granville Barger
Poet · Sculptor
Born 1906, Brunswick, Maryland
Died February 16, 2001, California

Once these strong prison walls
Contained breakers of the laws,
Victims of poor education!
From the poem Transition

Raymond Granville Barger was a sculptor working in metal, plastelina, and bronze among other materials. His sculptures are large, monumental pieces placed outdoors as part of the landscape. Barger believed that artists and sculptors must work with architects and industrial leaders . The sculpture "Transition" was designed to complement the J.C. Penny Building in New York. The sculpture was at this location for 23 years, before it was moved to the James A. Michener Art Museum. The 25 foot abstract bronze sculpture is made of 6,000 feet of welded bronze strips. Barger was a poet as well. He wrote the poem "Transition" for the dedication of the sculpture at the James A. Michener Art Center in 1989. Barger was educated at Carnegie Institute of Technology and Yale University School of Fine Art. He received a Winchester Fellowship from Yale, and a special fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. His piece, Seated Lady, was awarded the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Bucks County Arts Award in 1977. Disllusioned with the Bucks County arts scene of the early 1980's, Barger moved to California, where he died in 2001.

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