Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy
The exhibition drawn from the New-York Historical Society’s collection of narrative art includes fifty-five works by such canonical artists as Benjamin West, Asher B. Durand, William Sidney Mount, and Eastman Johnson. Additionally, significant works will also be on exhibition by artists who were major figures in their own time (such as Daniel Huntington, Henry Peters Gray and T. H. Matteson), but who have been virtually ignored in current American art surveys. The reintegration of these “forgotten” works into the larger art-historical framework challenges the canon of taste that has elevated genre (i.e., scenes of everyday life) to a privileged position at the expense of other narrative modes (including Stuart and Tudor, Shakespearean, and idealized subjects inspired by European masters).
|Taft Museum of Art (Cincinnati, OH)||September 20, 2013–January 12, 2014|
|Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA)||February 22–May 19, 2014|
|HOLD||October 2014 - January 2015|
|Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville, TN)||February 27–June 7, 2015|
|Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Greensburg, PA)||December 20, 2015–March 13, 2016|
A fully-illustrated publication published by D. Giles Ltd in association with New-York Historical accompanies the exhibition.
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