Hamilton Collects American Art
Hamilton Collects American Art offers a fresh look at the history of American painting from 1738 through 1960. Although a number of the paintings in the collection will be familiar to students of American art, the majority has rarely, if ever been seen in public. With 62 works from 30 lenders, the exhibition surveys current collecting trends in the Hamilton community and tells the story of America and our national search for an artistic identity. The exhibition is organized by theme into three sections, The Natural Landscape, The Face of Society, and The Response to Modernism.
February 2 - March 15, 2002
Mary Lucier: Selected Works 1975-2000
November 2 - December 21, 2001
Christmas with Thomas Nast
Thomas Nast (1840-1902), best known as America's first great political cartoonist, either created or refined many of America's most popular icons. The Republican elephant, the Democratic donkey, Uncle Sam, Columbia and, perhaps most significantly, Santa Claus are all of his devising. Starting with A Visit from Saint Nicholas, usually attributed to Clement Moore, he fleshed out the story of Santa Claus by adding several new details and providing a set of visual images of Santa, which have permanently shaped the American imagination. The Emerson Gallery exhibition, drawn from the private collection of Professor Jay G. Williams and the gallery's own holdings, gathers together some of Nast's most famous Christmas woodblock prints along with works celebrating the holiday season by some of his predecessors and contemporaries.
Selections from the Samuel Hopkins Adams Collection of Prints by Currier and Ives
This exhibition features 35 outstanding examples from the comprehensive collection of Currier and Ives lithographs bequeathed to the Hamilton College Collection in 1959 by the novelist Samuel Hopkins Adams, Class of 1891. In addition to an important group of sporting prints by A. F. Tait, the selection includes a number of familiar and well-loved winter scenes such as Skating in Central Park, and New England Winter Scene.
The Mother of God: Iconographic Representations of Mary
The centerpiece of this exhibition is The Schwaz Nativity, a polychrome limewood relief, c. 1500, originally created as part of the altarpiece for the church of St. Mary in the Northern Tyrolean town of Schwaz. The first in a series of events to showcase this important new extended loan from the Emily Ludwig Collection, this exhibition presents the carving within the context of a group of 10 prints from the Hamilton College Collection representing scenes from the Life of Mary. This exhibition curated by Hamilton professor Frank Sciacca.
August 31 - October 21, 2001
Duane Michals: Photographer as Magician
Curator of this show, Ms. Sylvia de Swaan, writes: "Duane Michals is not a photographer who goes out in search of reality, he invents his own. For the past 40 years he has manipulated the most literal of visual mediums to examine the intangible mysteries of life - the nature of desire, the persistence of memory, the passage of time, the process of aging, the finality of death - and has broken some photographic rules along the way. He says that rather than taking a picture of a man snoring he prefers to photograph his dreams."
Considered one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, Duane Michals has been awarded numerous grants and honors, including an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Boston, the Insignia of the Order of Arts and Letters from France and most recently, a lifetime achievement award from Foto España in Madrid. His work has been exhibited extensively at major art institutions in the United States and around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; Kunsthaus Zurich; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris; Australia's National Gallery of Art in Auckland; the National Museum of Art in Kyoto, Japan, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Holland, among many others.