The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents through April 2, 2023 "Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976". This exhibition showcases one hundred of the most iconic works from its renowned collection and highlights well-known names in American art as well as traditionally underrepresented artists.
The artworks are presented in five thematic sections – portraiture, history painting, still life, genre scenes and landscape – rather than in chronological order. This design makes it possible to show works from different periods together, creating striking visual counterpoints and sparking new conversations.
The exhibition offers a critical re-examination of this legacy while highlighting the continuing role of PAFA in the evolution of American art in the 21st century. Iconic American artists with one or more works in the exhibition include Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Barkley Hendricks, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, May Howard Jackson, Alice Neel, Georgia O'Keefe, Charles Willson Peale, Sonia Sekula, Henry O Tanner, Dox Thrash and Andrew Wyeth.
Eric Pryor, President and CEO of PAFA said, "This exhibition critically explores PAFA's impressive collection and highlights its transformative contribution to American art history." It was the chief curator, Dr. Anna Marley, who led the selection of the 103 objects for the exhibition from among the 16,000 works held at the PAFA.
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