As an institution that has often been the site of the convergence of history, art, and politics, the Taft is an ideal place to see an exhibition that traces the development of the emerging American spirit and its separation from European traditions. Before television and movies, art offered up riveting narratives from history, literature, daily life, and current events. Spanning from the colonial period through the Civil War, 46 paintings and 7 sculptures highlight the American fascination with narrative art. From the collection of the New-York Historical Society, the exhibition includes paintings by such giants of early 19th-century American art as Benjamin West, William Sidney Mount, and Eastman Johnson as well as others being shown for the first time in decades.
This exhibition was organized by the New-York Historical Society. The show and its accompanying publication originally appeared as Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy.
Generous support was received from Michael Reslan, the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, the Walter and Lucille Rubin Foundation, Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles, the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, the New York Community Trust Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin Fund, Larry K. Clark, and the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation.
The Taft Museum of Art 20.09.2013 - 12.01.2014
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