Last Thursday night we held an Opening Reception for our Winter exhibitions with over 700 guests joining us for the first look at the new shows. With Invitation to the Ball: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Fancy Dress Costumes and Reflections: African-American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection we are showcasing two remarkable women who collected significant objects representing the art of their times. In the 1920s, Post was married to financier E.F. Hutton and their lifestyle epitomized the Roaring Twenties. The costumes on view were worn to fundraising balls during the social season held every Spring in Palm Beach.
Myrna Colley-Lee’s collection represents her own world view, melding intimate scenes from black Americans’ daily lives with her own interests in textiles and in family life. This collection is a “reflection” of these interests, seen through artwork she purchased from some of the finest artists of the 20th century. Ms. Colley-Lee will be at the Museum on February 19th for a reception followed by a discussion of her collection with Curator of Art, Jennifer Jankauskas. I hope you’ll join us.
In conjunction with Reflections, the ARTWORKS gallery opened Life Reflections a student art show. We also opened the final hanging of the Rewind series with Rewind: Art of the 1980s and Canaletto’s Vedute Prints: An Exhibition in Honor of Adolph Weil, Jr.
Thank you to all who joined us last week and special thanks to our exhibition sponsors: Hyundai, Max Credit Union, Servisfirst Bank, Doug’s 2 Salon-Spa, Morgan Stanley, Dr. Marla Wohlman and John Crews, Laura and Mike Luckett, The Children of Jean and Bucks Weil, Winifred and Charles A. Stakley, Alatrust, Aliant Bank, and Regions.
Deputy Director for Development