Welcome to the Portland Museum of Art!
In each of my years as director of the Portland Museum of Art, it's been a pleasure to welcome the fall and winter seasons. They bring different rhythms and energy to the museum, yet remain every bit as eventful as the summer. Local residents are settling into the school year and their cold weather routines, but we continue to see cruise ships bringing visitors from across the country and the world, and busloads of eager students arriving at our doors.
We have four dynamic exhibitions on view this fall and winter: Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted, Winslow Homer's Civil War, 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial: Piece Work, and Amy Stacey Curtis: 9 walks. Spanning the contemporary to the historical and bringing together local talent and global artists with deep Maine ties, these exhibitions offer opportunities for enrichment and understanding new perspectives.
To add to these impressive exhibitions, in December we open American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells, which showcases the discerning collection of 20th-century American photography assembled by Maine philanthropists Owen and Anna Wells. This exhibition explores diverse themes and subjects from daily life here and abroad, illuminating the refined eyes of the collectors with work by Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Eliot Porter, and many more.
I look forward to sharing with you Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum, which opens on January 30, 2014. This exhibition was curated by the PMA's own Chief Curator and Curator of American Art, Karen Sherry, during her previous tenure at the Brooklyn Museum, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to the PMA.
Everyone at the PMA wishes you a wonderful holiday season.
Visit soon and visit often. See you at the PMA!