Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. By joining the SIA and paying a nominal fee, thousands of American artists--from famous painters to Sunday painters--were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows in New York City. The brainchild of a diverse group of idealistic modern artists, including William Glackens, Walter Pach, and Marcel Duchamp, the SIA was one of many attempts to revolutionize how art was exhibited in the United States in the 20th century. The SIA shows were proudly open exhibitions, with no jury and no prizes, and the works were hung alphabetically to further democratize the experience. With works of art ranging from traditional portraits to cubist compositions, this exhibition gives a taste of the eclectic energy of the SIA.
This noon-time lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. March 3: Glorious Guendolen's Golden Hair and The Arming of a Knight by William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti April 7: "Demetrius, 'Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled'" by W. Heath Robinson May 5: In the Park by Bernie Felch.
Collector Eric Holzenberg will explore W. Heath Robinson's significant contribution to the gift book phenomenon in works he illustrated and wrote, including The Adventures of Uncle Lubin (1902) and Perrault's Old-Time Stories (1921). He will also discuss Robinson's contribution to luxury color plate books produced for British and American markets.
Mix, mingle, and get a little messy in the Museum's ceramics studio. Participants will experiment with clay and complete a functional piece of pottery that the Museum will glaze. No experience necessary; beer, wine, and light refreshments provided.
Slow down, settle your mind, and step into the quietude of the Museum's Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir for the Spring Equinox. Labyrinth programs are free, but donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum's Labyrinth.
Join Curator Margaretta Frederick to explore the special exhibition "Wonder and Whimsy: The Illustrations of W. Heath Robinson" on select Sunday afternoons this spring. Upcoming topics: March 26 - Humor; April 23 - The Illustrated Line; May 7 - Collection Connections.