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Embracing Elegance, 1885-1920

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American Art from the Huber Family Collection

June 11 through September 4, 2011

This exhibition features over thirty examples of American impressionist and realist pastels, drawings, and paintings by some of the leading artists active at the turn of the twentieth century, including Cecilia Beaux,Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Robert Henri, John Singer Sargent, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, John Henry Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir. Collected by Jack Huber, Dartmouth Class of 1963, and his wife, Russell, these works reveal a range of responses to the dramatic cultural and artistic developments of the era—from the brilliant colors and broad handling of the impressionists to the grit and verve of the urban realists.The predominant aesthetic in this collection, however, is the period taste for refinement and tranquility as seen in serene landscapes, poetic still lifes, and, especially, images of elegant women in repose.

Click here to read a related article in the summer 2011 issue of Antiques & Fine Art Magazine.

News channel WPTZ-TV reported on Embracing Elegance; their feature aired on August 3. Click here to see the video.

Co-organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and presented at the Hood through the generous support of the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund, the Philip Fowler 1927 Memorial Fund, and the William Chase Grant 1919 Memorial Fund.

Press release

Exhibition Panoramas

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Related Events

24 June, Friday, 5:00 P.M.

KEYNOTE LECTURE AND RECEPTION

Grace and Grit in American Art, 1885–1920: The Huber Family Collection

Arthur M. Loew Auditorium

Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art, Hood Museum of Art, will highlight the underlying cultural trends and stylistic currents evident in the exhibition of impressionist and realist art collected by Russell and Jack Huber, Class of 1968, titled Embracing Elegance, 1885–1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection. A reception will follow in Kim Gallery.

28 June, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.

LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK

Drawing the Line: Technique and Image in American Pastels and Drawings, 1885–1920


Second-floor galleries
Louise Hamlin, George Frederick Jewett Professor of Studio Art, Dartmouth College, and Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art, Hood Museum of Art, will share their perspectives on key works on paper in Embracing Elegance, 1885–1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection

29 June, Wednesday, 6:30–8:00 P.M.

ADULT WORKSHOP

American Realism and Impressionism


Second-floor galleries
Explore the exhibition Embracing Elegance, 1885–1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection in this discussion-based workshop. The show features over thirty examples of American impressionist and realist pastels, drawings, and paintings by some of the leading artists active at the turn of the twentieth century. In the studio, we’ll experiment with pastels to create our own American impressions. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 by June 27 to register.

15 July, Friday, and 16 July, Saturday, 5:30–7:00 P.M.

SPECIAL EVENT
An Evening of American Opera and Art


Second-floor galleries
The Hood partners with Opera North to present delightful excerpts from American composer Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe. This English-language opera tells the fascinating and true story of one of the richest men in America’s history, silver king Horace Tabor, his first wife, Augusta, and his second wife, Baby Doe. During the ten years of their marriage, Baby Doe and Horace squandered over twelve million dollars before Horace’s death in 1893. There will be two free performances, reservations required, with seats confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Hood curator of American Art Barbara MacAdam will also introduce the summer exhibition Embracing Elegance, 1885–1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection. For reservations, please email events@operanorth.org. Space is limited.

20 July, Wednesday, 7:00 P.M.

BOOK DISCUSSION AND SPOTLIGHT TOUR

The Age of Innocence
Second-floor galleries
In conjunction with Embracing Elegance, 1885–1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection, Howe Library and the Hood Museum of Art will hold a book discussion on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, published in 1920 and set in upper-class New York City in the 1870s. The book discussion will be led by Howe Library Programming, Public Relations, and Outreach Coordinator Heather Backman. Connections to the exhibition will be drawn by Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art, in a spotlight tour of the exhibition. Copies of the book will be available at Howe Library by mid-June. Please pre-register with Howe Library after June 16 by calling (603) 643-4120. Limited to twenty participants.

23 July, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.

TOUR
Embracing Elegance, 1885–1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection

3 August, Wednesday, 7:00 P.M.
FILM SCREENING AND SPOTLIGHT TOUR
The Age of Innocence


Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Directed by Martin Scorcese, USA, 1993
In conjunction with the Dartmouth Film Society and the Hood’s summer exhibition Embracing Elegance, 1885–1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection, the museum will offer a free, fifteen-minute spotlight tour by Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art, at 6:30. Scorcese’s 1993 film, based on Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel of the same title, will begin at 7:00 (see July 20 listing for the Howe Library/Hood Museum of Art book discussion on Wharton’s novel).

Last Updated: 11/4/11