Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum
January 30, 2014 - April 27, 2014

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Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum
presents more than 100 exceptional and rarely seen drawings and sketchbooks from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-renowned collection of American art. Dating from the late 18th through the mid-20th century, these masterworks encompass a wide range of techniques, styles, and media. Among the 74 featured artists are Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, William Trost Richards, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, William Glackens, Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, and Marsden Hartley. With its significant body of aesthetically remarkable and historically important works, Fine Lines showcases drawing as a dynamic art form in the United States across nearly two centuries. The exhibition is organized into six thematic sections: the human figure, costume studies, portraiture, narrative scenes, landscapes, and urban imagery. This thematic presentation surveys subjects of enduring interest to American artists, while also highlighting the diversity of drawing practices in pre-1945 American art.

(Homepage image credit: Marsden Hartley (United States 1877-1946), New Mexico (detail), 1918-1919, pastel on beige laid paper mounted on wood-pulp board, 6 5/16 x 31 3/16 inches. Broolyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsey Fund, 61.4.1.)

The exhibition is organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Generously supported by Lila Hunt, The Roy A. Hunt Foundation. Foundation support: Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, and media sponsorship is provided by WCSH 6, Maine magazine, and Maine Home+Design.

J. Carroll Beckwith (American, 1852-1917), “Portrait of Minnie Clark,” circa 1890s, charcoal and pastel on blue fibered laid paper, 22 3/8 x 18 1/4 inches. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of J. Carroll Beckwith, 17.127.

Preserving Creative Spaces: The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program
March 22, 2014 - June 15, 2014

This documentary installation shines light on the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. HAHS is a consortium of institutions across the United States committed to the conservation, interpretation, and public accessibility of artists’ homes and workspaces. With the opening of the Winslow Homer Studio, the PMA became a member of HAHS. This exhibition features information about the consortium and documentary photographs of its nearly 40 member sites, which range from the paint-splattered barn used by Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner in East Hampton, Long Island, to the carriage house in which Grant Wood painted American Gothic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the hand-crafted woodworking shop of Sam Maloof in Alta Loma, California. In addition to educating audiences about HAHS, the exhibition will place the Homer Studio in a larger discussion about the importance of preserving historically significant structures as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is supported by a generous grant from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. Media sponsorship is provided by Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors.


Photograph: Winslow Homer with The Gulf Stream in his studio at Prout’s Neck, circa 1900, albumen print, 4 11/16 x 6 3/4 inches. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, Gift of the Homer Family. 1964.69.179.9

George Daniell: Picturing Monhegan Island
March 1, 2014 - August 3, 2014

This spring, the PMA will showcase an intimate selection of photographs and drawings that George Daniell (United States, 1911-2002) created on Monhegan Island during the summer of 1936, at the advent of his artistic career. In search of adventure and escape from a sweltering August in New York City, Daniell sojourned to Maine, where he spent the month fervently documenting the island that captured his heart and imagination. Drawn from the PMA’s permanent collection, the featured works show the young artist honing his eye for composition and tonal value while depicting Monhegan’s distinctive topography and character with its shingled cottages, hardy people, and wistful afternoons.

Corporate sponsorship is provided by Bath Savings Institution.

George Daniell (United States, 1911-2002), Untitled, 1936, gelatin silver print, 13 7/8 x 11 15/16 inches. Gift of George Daniell and the Aucocisco Gallery, 2001.6.27.