Co-organized with the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico, Magical & Real is the first joint retrospective of Wyeth and Hurd's work since 1967, and the first scholarly exhibition to seriously consider the work of either artist in thirty years. The exhibition re-situates Hurd and Wyeth into the larger dialogue of American art in the 20th century, with the aim of broadening awareness of the entire scope of their work while grappling with the tensions that exist between the eastern and western arts communities. It will also reintroduce audiences familiar only with the name Wyeth to the significant body of work produced by the woman that Andrew Wyeth felt was the most talented of all N.C. Wyeth's children. Accompanied by a richly illustrated scholarly catalogue with essays by Jensen and Woodbury, Magical & Real will include approximately 70 paintings, augmented by video and audio recordings not yet seen or heard in public, that document their lives and careers.
In 2015, the Michener was the first institution on the East Coast and the fourth institution in the United States to partner with the Google Cultural Institute 3D Operations team to digitize twenty-six objects from the Michener's permanent collection, making these works accessible in 3D to a global audience. Fifteen sculptures by Charles Rudy (1904-1986) were among the first pieces at the Michener to be scanned and exhibited online. In this innovative exhibition, Rudy sculptures will appear alongside their digital representations, exploring the intersection between 20th century art and 21st century technology.
Philadelphia musician, composer, and arranger Jack Saint Clair presents a musical marriage of two groups: a straight-ahead jazz quartet and the Blue Line String Quartet. Seen performing at Temple University and jazz clubs throughout Philly, Saint Clair's performance fuses two distinctive styles into a concert of jazz and American songbook standards. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. guests can enjoy an hors d'oeuvres reception and open galleries, with the concert running from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
American popular songs have described, defined, and illuminated our history from the very beginning. Presented by singer and pianist Fred Miller, "Don't Fence Me In" is a panorama of the American pioneering spirit, the ongoing expression of her most essential value--freedom--in words and music.
The eldest child of N. C. Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth (1907-1997) began working with her father in his studio from the moment she could hold a pencil. She was revered locally for her talent as a portraitist and earned critical recognition for her luminous and lyrical large-scale fantasies, which have overtones of Georgia O'Keeffe and Marie Laurencin. Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., will discuss Wyeth's early training and career, her relationship with her father and his student Peter Hurd, her 11-year struggle to determine whether Pennsylvania or New Mexico would be home, and the last five decades of her 70-year career in New Mexico.