Rural Modern explores the adaptation of modernist styles to subject matter associated with the American countryside. Treatments of coastal New England, small-town Pennsylvania, Midwestern farms, and other rural regions of the country illustrate the dispersal of canonical modernist styles such as Cubism and Fauvism as well as the translation of these idioms into an American vernacular modernism. Comprised of approximately fifty works mainly completed between the World Wars, Rural Modern investigates the incursion and gradual acceptance of modernist tropes in the American provinces. Some of the artists included, such as Georgia O'Keeffe, were firmly entrenched in modernism before leaving the cities behind. Other artists, N.C. Wyeth for example, started out in more pastoral settings and traditional styles but came to adopt ever more experimental approaches. Rural Modern is organized by Amanda C. Burdan, Associate Curator, and will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue including insightful essays by Burdan and other noted scholars of American modernism.
From the spectacular O-gauge model train display with trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track, to a collection of rare antique dolls dressed in beautiful period clothing, plus thousands of whimsical Critters (ornaments and decorations handcrafted by Brandywine volunteers from natural materials) displayed on towering trees soaring up through the museum's three-story atrium, A Brandywine Christmas promises delightful family fun. A Brandywine Christmas is made possible by Davenport Family Fund for Exhibitions. Additional support is provided by Herr Foods, Inc., and the Frelinghuysen Foundation.
Whimsical and decorative, critters are tree ornaments and tabletop decorations made from natural materials, including dried flowers, pinecones, seeds, pods, and berries. Crafted by hand, critters are environmentally friendly, distinctive, and artistic-the ideal gift! Choose from over 10,000 critters-all made by our talented volunteers. Prices range from $5 to $25; specialty items start at $30. Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.
The "'Imagine Brandywine'" exhibition features creative art projects by area school children. The current installment Creative art techniques and styles based on the work of illustrators included in "Get the Picture! Recent Children's Book Illustration" serves as inspiration for the current installment, which features work by students taking afterschool art classes at five elementary schools and Art Partners Studio in Coatesville.
Celebrate the season at a beloved family tradition! Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, model trains, antique dolls, trees adorned with critters and Cookie Land. Tickets available online at http://www.brandywine.org/museum/events/children%E2%80%99s-christmas-party or by calling 610.388.8326.
Late Thursdays in December for Adults and Children Alike. Celebrate the season with everything you love about Brandywine River Museum of Art during special extended hours on Thursdays in December. Come see our trees decorated with whimsical critters, marvel at the extensive train display, imagine yourself having a tea party with the dolls and purchase unique gifts in the museum shop. Special events and a children's art activity table will be offered each night. The Millstone Cafe will also be open late and will feature a special entrée. Schedule for December 1: Critters Pre-Sale: Members will have first pick of the critters from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; the sale opens to the public from 5-9 p.m. Polar Express Pajama Night: Ticketed event, see website for more information Art Activity: Make your own Gift Bag Millstone Café: Chili Fest Schedule for December 8: Movie Night: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, 26 minutes), showing at 7 p.m. Art Activity: Make your own Gift Bag Millstone Café: Soups to warm up the winter evening - Pasta e fagioli, PA Dutch Chicken Pot Pie, Caldo Gallego Schedule for December 15: Holiday Music: The Tonics: Male a cappella Group Art Activity: Make your own Gift Bag Millstone Café: Oysters and Champagne - seafood raw bar, seven fishes stew and cocktails Schedule for December 22: Holiday Music: Brandywine Valley Chorale Art Activity: Make your own Gift Bag Millstone Café: Pierogis and Mushroom Soup - corned beef and cabbage, potato and cheese, spicy pork and truffled mushroom pierogis and Kennett Square Mushroom Soup.
Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit with the Brandywine River Museum of Art Railroad. The event will include a private tour of the trains in action with Brandywine Railroad engineers and a continental breakfast in the museum's cafe.
Bring your favorite doll to the museum for a morning of creative crafts and light refreshments. Participants will cut and color paper dolls based on Brandywine's Ann Wyeth McCoy doll collection, make matching bracelets for themselves and their dolls, and enjoy an informal tea party. Best for ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult.Reserve tickets online at http://www.brandywine.org/museum/events/christmas-dolls or by calling the museum shop at 610.388.8326.