SHELBURNE — Director Thomas Denenberg of Shelburne Museum announced that French Impressionism and American paintings highlight the new exhibitions opening in the upcoming season. Throughout May and June, four new exhibitions will open, including a solo exhibition of contemporary textile art and a collection of 19th century star quilts.
“The new season’s exhibitions at Shelburne Museum celebrate the best of the museum’s collections,” Denenberg said. “Works by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, will come to life in a way that will captivate viewers anew.”
In a New Light: French Impressionism Arrives in America highlights Impressionist paintings from Shelburne’s collection. In a New Light pays homage to Monet’s Le Pont, Amsterdam (The Drawbridge, Amsterdam) (1874), a work collected by museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb’s parents that was the first painting by Monet to become part of an American collection.
The exhibition includes works on loan from private collectors and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In a New Light is guest curated by scholar Margaret Burgess and opens on June 14.
Painting a Nation: American Art at Shelburne Museum showcases the best of the museum’s 19th century American paintings. The exhibition represents a renewed emphasis on American art at Shelburne and will focus on themes of the collection’s strengths, particularly the New England landscape, genre painting and portraiture.
Featured artists include John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Winslow Homer, William Mathew Prior, Martin Johnson Heade, Albert Bierstadt, Fitz Henry Lane, Eastman Johnson, Mary Cassatt, Grandma Moses and Andrew Wyeth. The exhibition opens on May 25.
An exhibition of contemporary quilts opens on May 11, which is also the season opening day for the museum’s main campus.
Nancy Crow, Seeking Beauty: Riffs on Repetition highlights recent works by the acclaimed contemporary textile artist who incorporates printmaking in her quilt making.
All Star Quilts: The John Wilmerding Collection features more than 30 unique star-themed quilts, including Amish and Mennonite examples from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana will be on view starting June 27.
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