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Exhibitions:

Impressions on Paper: Henry Snell

American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest

View Finders: Four Photographic Voices


Events

Impressions on Paper: Henry Snell
Through November 11, 2018
Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery

Curated by Louise Feder, Guest Curator

Henry Bayley Snell (1858-1943) was born and raised in Richmond, England but emigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen to study at the Art Students League in New York. Snell was an eminent landscape painter who specialized in marine paintings and was part of the New Hope School of landscape painters, first arriving in Bucks County to visit William L. Lathrop and his family. Snell and his wife permanently settled in New Hope around 1925 with Snell teaching portraiture at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, often supplementing students’ education by bringing them to the St. Ives artist colony in Cornwall for the summer.

Snell’s drawings and watercolors of his travels to Cornwall and beyond are a special part of the Michener’s collection of impressionist works on paper. As many of these works on paper have never been exhibited at the Museum, Impressions on Paper: Henry Snell offers both a special glimpse at the treasures in the Michener’s vault as well as a scholarly examination of a regional painter capturing impressions abroad.

Presented by Vivian Banta and Robert Field.
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American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest
June 2, 2018 - October 21, 2018
Fred Beans Gallery

Curated by Louise Feder, Interim Chief Curator

At the turn of the century, artists began to rebel against traditional modes of expression and exhibition. Although it is frequently associated with Impressionism, the Delaware Valley region launched some of the most important developments that transformed American art in the 20th century: the roots of the Ashcan School; the leading proponents of Precisionist painting; and some of the first artists to explore non-objective painting.

A remarkable gift of 27 works from Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest in 1999 enabled the Michener Art Museum to highlight the significant contributions to the development of modern art in America as seen through the prism of our region. Artists such as Charles Frederick Ramsey, Louis Stone, Charles Evans, Lloyd Ney, and Charles Rosen were actively engaged in the artistic dialogue that resulted in major shifts in American art at mid-century. For the first time in thirty years, these works will be on view together in one gallery, underscoring the lasting contributions of our region’s artists to the evolution of 20th-century American art.

American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest is supported by Mary and Dennis Helf and Judy and Seth Blau.

View Finders: Four Photographic Voices
Through August 26, 2018
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries

Curated by Guest Curator Liz K. Sheehan

“As photographers, we are not only composers, we are editors. We are selecting what makes the strongest picture, rejecting what weakens it by choosing what to include inside the edges of the frame, choosing where the visual weight of each tone and shape will reside in order to create cohesive and dynamic structure—to make pictures that are more than what they are of.” -Paula Chamlee

View Finders: Four Photographic Voices illuminates the work of four contemporary photographers with local roots—Paula Chamlee, Catherine Jansen, Brian Peterson, and Michael Smith—who represent four distinct approaches to the medium. This exhibition will include Chamlee’s incisive studies of surface and place; a selection from Jansen’s project 1008, an “experiential journey into sacred storytelling” created in more than 25 trips to India; Peterson’s melodic explorations of nature and light; and a range of Smith’s rarely-exhibited portraits from across the globe. Despite their differences in process, technique, and equipment, all four artists emphasize the power of photography to represent connection and to communicate an experience of environment, energy, and spirit. On the occasion of the Michener’s 30th anniversary, View Finders celebrates the contributions of these artists and recognizes photography as a significant force in the legacy of the region.

View Finders: Four Photographic Voices is supported by the Photography Patrons Circle of the James A. Michener Art Museum.

View Finders: Four Photographic Voices
Through August 26, 2018
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries

Curated by Guest Curator Liz K. Sheehan

“As photographers, we are not only composers, we are editors. We are selecting what makes the strongest picture, rejecting what weakens it by choosing what to include inside the edges of the frame, choosing where the visual weight of each tone and shape will reside in order to create cohesive and dynamic structure—to make pictures that are more than what they are of.” -Paula Chamlee

View Finders: Four Photographic Voices illuminates the work of four contemporary photographers with local roots—Paula Chamlee, Catherine Jansen, Brian Peterson, and Michael Smith—who represent four distinct approaches to the medium. This exhibition will include Chamlee’s incisive studies of surface and place; a selection from Jansen’s project 1008, an “experiential journey into sacred storytelling” created in more than 25 trips to India; Peterson’s melodic explorations of nature and light; and a range of Smith’s rarely-exhibited portraits from across the globe. Despite their differences in process, technique, and equipment, all four artists emphasize the power of photography to represent connection and to communicate an experience of environment, energy, and spirit. On the occasion of the Michener’s 30th anniversary, View Finders celebrates the contributions of these artists and recognizes photography as a significant force in the legacy of the region.

View Finders: Four Photographic Voices is supported by the Photography Patrons Circle of the James A. Michener Art Museum.

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