Mrs. Thomas Gage, John Singleton Copley, 1771, Timken Museum of Art “Behold, America! (and thou, ineffable guest and sister!) For thee come trooping up thy waters and thy lands; Behold! thy fields and farms, thy far-off woods and mountains, As in procession coming.” – Walt Whitman, 1871, “Song of the Exposition” Opening November 10, Behold, America! unites the best works from the American art collections of three San Diego museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art. It’s a warm-up to the 100 year anniversary in 2015 of the Panama Exposition in Balboa Park, which first brought American artists of major importance to San Diego. Featuring 175 works, the ambitious show explores how American artists have reflected and helped contribute to our changing national identity over three centuries. The art works address a wide range of topics and issues -- from colonialism and racism to nature and environmentalism.
American Indian Beauty Pageant Winner, Oregon, 1997 William Albert Allard/National Geographic Stock “No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied - it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.” – Ansel Adams The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, featured in A Love for the Beautiful, is among ten venues nationwide hosting “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” – a visual retrospective of images published by National Geographic over the past 125 years. From poignant portraits to spectacular national parks and wildlife, the 75 images present a powerful narrative about the American West. Organized thematically into four sections -- Legends, Encounters, Boundaries and Visions -- the show features historic works by early practitioners William Henry Jackson and Edward Curtis, along with modern and contemporary images by photographers like Ansel Adams, Annie Griffiths and Joel
Winslow Homer Studio Piazza, photograph by Trent Bell “The picture is painted fifteen minutes after sunset – not one minute before... You can see that it took many days of careful observation to get this... with a high sea and tide just right.” -- Winslow Homer Of all his works, Winslow Homer is best remembered for a series of powerful “marines.” His inspiration? Prouts Neck, Maine, where he lived and worked for over a quarter of a century. Now Homer fans can visit his studio -- thanks to a major restoration by the Portland Museum of Art. “This studio is particularly relevant because Homer’s art was so transformed by moving into the studio in Maine,” says PMA director Mark Bessire. “Like Monet at Giverny, Homer at Prouts Neck, Maine became a different artist. And it was wonderful to acquire the studio directly from the Homer family as the very patina of the building reflects their caring legacy.” The Boston-born artist discovered coastal Maine when his