Addison Gallery of American Art

Addison Gallery of American Art The Addison Gallery is home to a world-class collection of American art, along with a vital and adventurous exhibitions program.

The Addison turns 88 years old today! Founded by Thomas Cochran "to enrich permanently the lives of the students" of Phi...
05/17/2019

The Addison turns 88 years old today!

Founded by Thomas Cochran "to enrich permanently the lives of the students" of Phillips Academy, the Addison was then and is still now the only museum of its kind on the campus of a secondary school. With a collection of 500 works at its opening, the Addison now is home to more than 21,000 objects spanning the 17th century to the present, across all media.

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Brilliant color abounds in the photographs presented in 'John Goodman: not recent color.' The exhibition examines the Am...
05/16/2019

Brilliant color abounds in the photographs presented in 'John Goodman: not recent color.' The exhibition examines the American cultural landscape through the coming of age of a young artist in the 1970s and 1980s.

Goodman will present an Artist Talk about this work this Sunday, May 19, at 2pm at the Addison, free and open to the public.

Image: John Goodman, General Cinema, 1985. Archival pigment print, 23 x 34 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Howard Yezerski Gallery

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Once known as "America's Playground," Coney Island is the subject of a small exhibition in our first-floor hallway, with...
05/15/2019

Once known as "America's Playground," Coney Island is the subject of a small exhibition in our first-floor hallway, with works that depict the seaside resort as an iconic setting for urban escape, young romance, as well as more illicit pastimes.

Chris DAZE Ellis, Coney Island Boardwalk, 2000. Screenprint on paper, 15 x 22 3/8 inches. 2014.30.2, Gift of the artist

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Artist Sherrill Roland gave a powerful performance of The Jumpsuit Project at Phillips Academy today, inviting community...
05/14/2019

Artist Sherrill Roland gave a powerful performance of The Jumpsuit Project at Phillips Academy today, inviting community members into dialogue about those who have been incarcerated. He will continue the conversation this evening at a free public event, In Dialogue: Sherrill Roland, at 7pm in Kemper Auditorium.

The Jumpsuit Project challenges ideas around mass incarceration and works to generate a safe space to process, question, and share. In 2013, Roland was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for over 10 months. His experience opened his eyes to the great impact incarceration has on those individuals behind bars, as well as their family members and friends. In sharing his story through performance art, and creating a space for others to share, he sheds light on the legacy of mass incarceration and its contemporary ramifications.

Always great to have WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen and the Open Studio crew here! For an upcoming segment on Harlem: In S...
05/13/2019

Always great to have WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen and the Open Studio crew here! For an upcoming segment on Harlem: In Situ, Jared interviewed exhibition curator Stephanie Sparling Williams and Addison Director Judith Dolkart. Broadcast date and time to come!
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Mother’s Day is almost here! After brunch tomorrow, bring your mom to the Addison to see some incredible works of art,...
05/11/2019

Mother’s Day is almost here! After brunch tomorrow, bring your mom to the Addison to see some incredible works of art, including Mary Cassatt's Mother and Child in Boat, on view in the exhibition 4x4. The museum is open from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sundays and admission is always free.

Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child in Boat, 1908. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4 x 32 inches. 1930.378, Gift of anonymous donor

This Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 pm: In Dialogue: Sherrill RolandNEW LOCATION: KEMPER AUDITORIUMJoin the artist, whose work...
05/10/2019

This Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 pm: In Dialogue: Sherrill Roland
NEW LOCATION: KEMPER AUDITORIUM

Join the artist, whose work is included in Harlem: In Situ, for a conversation about his performance series The Jumpsuit Project. The Jumpsuit Project challenges ideas around mass incarceration and works to generate a safe space to process, question, and share.

In 2013, Roland was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for over 10 months. Through sharing his own story, and creating a space for others to share, he sheds light on the enormous darkness incarceration brings.

Free and open to the public.

#TBT On this day in 1981, photographer Roswell Angier turned his camera on the Addison as the museum began a celebration...
05/09/2019

#TBT On this day in 1981, photographer Roswell Angier turned his camera on the Addison as the museum began a celebration of its 50th anniversary. Related activities included film screenings, live music, art-making workshops, and seminars.

#decadesoftheaddison #1780sThough best known for his portraits of the first six American presidents, including the famou...
05/08/2019

#decadesoftheaddison #1780s

Though best known for his portraits of the first six American presidents, including the famous unfinished portrait of George Washington, Gilbert Stuart created this painting while he was living in Dublin, Ireland (1787–93), where he had an active career before returning to the U.S.

Gilbert Charles Stuart, Mrs. Loftus Tottenham, c. 1787-1790. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 24 7/8 inches. 1930.2, Gift of anonymous donor

Welcome back, Eight Bells! The collection favorite by Winslow Homer has returned from loan and is installed in In and Ou...
05/07/2019

Welcome back, Eight Bells!

The collection favorite by Winslow Homer has returned from loan and is installed in In and Out of Place (on view through July 31) alongside Homer’s Kissing the Moon.

Photo by Gordon Dearborn Wilkins

Artist John Goodman joined a Phillips Academy photography class last week to talk about his work on view in John Goodman...
05/06/2019

Artist John Goodman joined a Phillips Academy photography class last week to talk about his work on view in John Goodman: not recent color.

Goodman will also present a free public talk on Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 pm.

Incredible spread in The Boston Globe today with great reviews of our current shows In and Out of Place, Harlem: In Situ...
05/03/2019
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Incredible spread in The Boston Globe today with great reviews of our current shows In and Out of Place, Harlem: In Situ, John Goodman: not recent color, and more. Find links to the reviews on the Addison's website, 'In the News' section.

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy has one of the most important collections of American art in the country. Its collection of more than 12,000 objects began with major works by the most prominent American artists of the past.

#decadesoftheaddison #1770sThis chalk drawing, illustrating a scene from The Iliad, was created by John Singleton Copley...
05/01/2019

#decadesoftheaddison #1770s
This chalk drawing, illustrating a scene from The Iliad, was created by John Singleton Copley while he was traveling through Europe. Though Copley achieved great success as a portrait painter in colonial America, he aspired to become a history painter. Copley left Boston for Europe in 1774, both to escape pre-Revolutionary War tensions and to study the old masters; he and his family eventually settled in London in 1775.

John Singleton Copley, The Battle over Patroclus's Body, 1774-1775. Black and white chalk with charcoal on paper, 13 15/16 x 30 inches. 1935.23, Museum Purchase

#addisonstaffpickFrom Anna Gesing, the Addison's Administrative Assistant & Museum Store SupervisorWhy do I love this pa...
04/30/2019

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From Anna Gesing, the Addison's Administrative Assistant & Museum Store Supervisor

Why do I love this painting? The bright burst of orange sky. The royal blue train stanchions and bridge arches. The deeper blue of the distant buildings. The futuristic aura of the painting, where George Jetson’s space car could be inserted and be right at home. The peaceful and somewhat soothing feeling without the bustle of cars or people hurrying through the city. It’s almost as though Louis Lozowick has caught a moment when Manhattan really did go to sleep and is totally quiet in a pre-dawn glow.

Louis Lozowick, Painting sketch No. 2 - New York, 1922. Oil on canvas, 20 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches. 2010.106, Gift of Jacob and Ruth Kainen; on view in In and Out of Place through July 31.

Happy Arbor Day!Asher Brown Durand, Study of a Wood Interior, c. 1855. Oil on canvas mounted on panel, 16 3/4 x 24 inche...
04/26/2019

Happy Arbor Day!

Asher Brown Durand, Study of a Wood Interior, c. 1855. Oil on canvas mounted on panel, 16 3/4 x 24 inches. 1932.1, Gift of Mrs. Frederic F. Durand; on view in In and Out of Place through July 31

04/25/2019
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The Addison as classroom: assistant curator and visiting scholar Stephanie Sparling Williams talks about her class 'What Is America?'

Dr. Stephanie Sparling Williams, visiting scholar in art history and assistant curator at the Addison Gallery of American Art, talks about her class What is America? What is American Art? where students have the opportunity to learn how aspects of history and culture are portrayed, expressed, and shaped by art and in art collections.

Students are also asked to draft an acquisition proposal for their final project in the class. These final projects are used by the gallery’s curatorial team to guide future acquisition considerations.

Learn more about the Addison Gallery of American Art and current exhibitions at https://addison.andover.edu/Pages/default.aspx

#decadesoftheaddison #1760sBenjamin West worked as portrait painter in his native Pennsylvania before moving to London i...
04/24/2019

#decadesoftheaddison #1760s
Benjamin West worked as portrait painter in his native Pennsylvania before moving to London in 1763, where he eventually became a prominent history painter. The subjects of this allegorical portrait were Robert and Thomas Drummond, sons of one of West's earliest and most important patrons in England. Here, the brothers are dressed in academic gowns and surrounded by references to education, honor, and virtue. The artist's use of allegory and the moral message in The Drummond Brothers separates this portrait from mere likeness and anticipates the work for which he is best known.

Benjamin West, The Drummond Brothers, 1767. Oil on canvas, 95 x 58 3/4 inches. 1931.19, Museum Purchase

As part of the Addison's 2010 renovation (designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners), a green roof – the first of ...
04/22/2019

As part of the Addison's 2010 renovation (designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners), a green roof – the first of its kind in Andover – was installed above the museum’s loading dock. Covered with four varieties of hardy, low-maintenance sedum, the green roof provides several practical and environmental advantages. It controls rainwater runoff and reduces demand on storm drain systems, reduces the “heat island” effect that occurs when roofs absorb solar heat, and provides an insulating effect on the space below.

From an aethetic perspective, the green roof, visible from the Museum Learning Center, serves both as a transition from the view of the building to the Academy's Great Lawn, and as a site for the sculpture installation Black Niijima Floats (2010) by Dale Chihuly.

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The Addison is open for regular hours this weekend (Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm). See a Hopper--and lots of other...
04/19/2019

The Addison is open for regular hours this weekend (Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm). See a Hopper--and lots of other great art!

Gallery view of In and Out of Place, on view through July 31

On your next visit to the Addison, be sure to check out the Coney Island-themed installation throughout the hallway on t...
04/18/2019

On your next visit to the Addison, be sure to check out the Coney Island-themed installation throughout the hallway on the first floor. This selection of photographs, paintings, and prints explores how artists over the last century have depicted various aspects of the iconic seaside resort, revealing that although much about it has changed over the past several decades, Coney Island's distinct character has been preserved.

Chris DAZE Ellis, Coney Island Boardwalk from Coney Island Boardwalk, 2000. Screenprint on paper, 15 x 22 3/8 inches. 2014.30.3, Gift of the artist

Lucien Aigner, Coney Island, Ferris wheel, 1947. Gelatin silver print, 7 7/8 x 9 3/4 inches. 2015.11.74, Purchased as the gift of Katherine D. and Stephen C. Sherrill (PA 1971, and P 2005, 2007, 2010)

Reginald Marsh, Untitled, 1953. Oil on tempera board, 12 x 16 inches. 1979.48, Bequest of Felicia Meyer Marsh

#decadesoftheaddison #1750sThis extraordinary example of American silver has deep ties to Phillips Academy. Crafted by J...
04/17/2019

#decadesoftheaddison #1750s
This extraordinary example of American silver has deep ties to Phillips Academy. Crafted by Jacob Hurd, one of the most accomplished Boston silversmiths of the 18th century, the teapot originally belonged to the parents of Phoebe Foxcroft Phillips, wife of Phillips Academy founder Samuel Phillips, Jr. The teapot's engravings are quite rare in their detail and subject matter. An elaborate hunting scene with stags, men on horseback, and trees is depicted on the lid. Above the handle appears a small farmhouse, or croft, with an image of a fox on the pediment, a pictorial representation of the family name Foxcroft. In designing this piece, Hurd drew from English, Irish, and German styles to create something uniquely American.

Jacob Hurd, Teapot, c. 1750. Silver with wood handle, 9 3/4 inches. 2011.27, Purchased as the gift of Sidney R. Knafel (PA 1948), Stephen C. Sherrill (PA 1971), Bernard G. Palitz (PA 1942), William Heidrich (PA 1972), S.J. Shrubsole Corp., Thomas Foley (PA 1971), J. Mark Rudkin (PA 1947), Kuni and Michael Schmertzler (PA 1970)

Tomorrow at 7pm: join Harlem: In Situ Curator Stephanie Sparling Williams for a tour and discussion of the works and the...
04/16/2019

Tomorrow at 7pm: join Harlem: In Situ Curator Stephanie Sparling Williams for a tour and discussion of the works and themes presented in the exhibition. Free and open to the public.

Good luck, runners! #MarathonMondayEadweard J. Muybridge, Plate 97.  Athletes, Running from The Attitudes of Animals in ...
04/15/2019

Good luck, runners!
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Eadweard J. Muybridge, Plate 97. Athletes, Running from The Attitudes of Animals in Motion, 1881. Albumen print mounted on heavy weight paper, 6 1/4 x 8 13/16 inches. 1987.21.103, Partial gift of The Beinecke Foundation, Inc.

We're getting all dolled up and ready to celebrate our new shows tonight. Hope to see you at the Opening Reception, 7 to...
04/12/2019

We're getting all dolled up and ready to celebrate our new shows tonight. Hope to see you at the Opening Reception, 7 to 9 pm!

John Goodman, Woman Driver / South Boston, June 1977. Archival pigment print, 23 x 34 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Howard Yezerski Gallery; on view in John Goodman: not recent color through July 31

Newly installed! John Goodman: not recent color presents recently rediscovered, brilliant color images that examine the ...
04/11/2019

Newly installed! John Goodman: not recent color presents recently rediscovered, brilliant color images that examine the American cultural landscape through the coming of age of a young photographer in the 1970s and 1980s.

See the photos in person starting tomorrow (Friday) night at our Opening Reception, 7-9 pm! John Goodman: not recent color will be on view through July 31.

04/11/2019

Spring 2019 exhibitions: Harlem: In Situ, John Goodman: not recent color, In and Out of Place, and 4 x 4

At least they're not fighting. Happy #NationalSiblingsDay!Henry Varnum Poor, March Sun, 1933. Oil on canvas, 54 x 60 inc...
04/10/2019

At least they're not fighting. Happy #NationalSiblingsDay!

Henry Varnum Poor, March Sun, 1933. Oil on canvas, 54 x 60 inches. 1934.2, Museum Purchase; on view in In and Out of Place through July 31

Charles Burchfield was born on this day in 1893. Known for watercolors of nature and small-town scenes, often depicting ...
04/09/2019

Charles Burchfield was born on this day in 1893. Known for watercolors of nature and small-town scenes, often depicting seasonal transitions, Burchfield captures here a gray early spring day reminiscent of this gloomy April day in Andover.

Charles E. Burchfield, The Sky Beyond, 1940. Watercolor on paper mounted on board, 28 1/16 x 22 15/16 inches. 1954.24, Gift of Elizabeth P. Metcalf

Reminder: our Spring Opening Reception is this Friday! Join us from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, for great company, refreshments, an...
04/08/2019

Reminder: our Spring Opening Reception is this Friday! Join us from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, for great company, refreshments, and the best of American art! Free and open to the public.

Images, from left: From Harlem: In Situ: Lucien Aigner, Three Little Girls Eating Ice Cream Cones, 1936. Gelatin silver print, 4 7/8 x 6 9/16 inches. 2015.11.96, Purchased as the gift of Katherine D. and Stephen C. Sherrill (PA 1971, and P 2005, 2007, 2010); from John Goodman: not recent color: John Goodman, Stuart and Tremont Streets, 1974. Archival pigment print, 22 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Howard Yezerski Gallery; from In and Out of Place: Maria Oakey Dewing, A Bed of Poppies, 1909. Oil on canvas, 25 1/8 x 30 1/8 inches. 1931.2, Gift of anonymous donor

#FBF John Goodman: not recent color, opening on April 13, will take you back in time with a series of photographs printe...
04/05/2019

#FBF John Goodman: not recent color, opening on April 13, will take you back in time with a series of photographs printed from recently rediscovered Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides taken in the 1970s and 80s.

Images shot in diners, bowling alleys, and darkened theaters, outside phone booths and gas stations, and on city streets and sidewalks conjure moments in individual lives and social interactions that together tell a story about the slowly changing social fabric of Goodman’s studio neighborhood in Boston––and the country at large.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, 7-9 pm, free and open to the public.

John Goodman, Phone Booth, Truro, Mass., 1980. Archival pigment print, 22 x 28 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Howard Yezerski Gallery

Two works by Alice Neel, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Estate of Alice Neel, are included in Har...
04/04/2019

Two works by Alice Neel, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Estate of Alice Neel, are included in Harlem: In Situ: Two Girls, Spanish Harlem and Building in Harlem.

Living in Spanish Harlem from 1938 to 1962, Neel was inspired to create paintings of her friends and neighbors. Her lively use of color and line and her attentiveness to her subjects reveal an emotional intensity in Neel’s depiction of the cultural depth and beauty of the people of Harlem.

The building façade, a rare painting in Neel's larger body of work, shows a cluster of red brick project buildings awash with light and set against a whimsical blue sky and fluffy white clouds, and offers a glimpse of Neel’s East Harlem neighborhood.

Alice Neel, Two Girls, Spanish Harlem, 1959. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Barbara Lee. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Alice Neel, Building in Harlem, 1945. Oil on canvas. Estate of Alice Neel

Currently on view in In and Out of Place, The Kaleidoscope House was conceived of and designed by photographer Laurie Si...
04/03/2019

Currently on view in In and Out of Place, The Kaleidoscope House was conceived of and designed by photographer Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelwright. The Kaleidoscope House is equipped with "action figures," furniture by acclaimed designers, and miniature works of art—paintings, sculptures, and photographs—by artists including Peter Halley, Mel Kendrick, Cindy Sherman, and Simmons’s own husband, Carroll Dunham. According to the artists' statement, "The Kaleidoscope House came out of our shared interests in domesticity and in particular the changing practices of home and family...Our hope is that The Kaleidoscope House with its sliding transparencies and changing aspects will view give a colorful view into new playful possibilities." #FindaRainbowDay

Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright, The Kaleidoscope House, 2000. Dollhouse and accessories, 23 1/2 x 32 x 23 inches. 2001.50

#decadesoftheaddison #1740sThis sophisticated early example of an embroidered wool bed rug, which would have been used a...
04/02/2019

#decadesoftheaddison #1740s

This sophisticated early example of an embroidered wool bed rug, which would have been used as a bedcover during cold New England winters, was made in Connecticut by Phoebe Denison Billings. Within the roughly symmetrical, graphically dramatic floral patterns are the initials B (for Billings), E (for Ebenezer, Phoebe's husband), and P (for Phoebe), and the date 1741. Phoebe and Ebenezer were married in 1706, making this bed rug likely a commemoratation of the couple’s 35th anniversary.

Phoebe Denison Billings, Bed Rug, 1741. Wool worked on wool ground, 95 x 93 1/2 inches. 1940.25, Bequest of Henry Perkins Moseley

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