February 04 through April 09, 2017
What comes to mind when you think of springtime? It is a season of promise, of new growth and potential, but also a season of transition—sometimes stormy and chaotic. Picturing Springtime looks at the ways that artists have depicted subjects that remind us both of the beauty of spring, as well as the dramatic, and destructive, turn the season can take.
Artists exploit the riot of intense color—greens, reds, and yellows—when trees bloom and new growth emerges. They enjoy depicting the excitement of a new season, as the world awakens from winter’s slumber. Along with that, however, there comes the unexpected in the form of thunderstorms and tornadoes that also express the unsettled and unpredictable nature of even the most benign seasons.
The exhibition will feature selections from the MMFA’s permanent collection of works on paper by nationally-known artists such Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), Keith Haring (1958–1990), and Jennifer Bartlett (born 1941), and by local favorites including John Lapsley (1915–2005), and Kelly Fitzpatrick (1888–1953).
Sponsored by BB & T and Emilie and Bruce Reid.
Maximillien Luce, Environs de Vernon, 1897, color lithograph on paper, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr. in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr., 1985.6