THANKS FOR A GREAT 2022!
As we look back on this year, we want to thank you for supporting the Addison and for being part of our community. We have enjoyed seeing so many of you in the galleries, attending exhibition receptions, and joining us for curator-led tours and artist talks. We are also grateful for your participation and interest in our virtual offerings. With just days remaining to see Rosamond Purcell: Nature Stands Aside and one month left to see Harry Benson: Four Stories, we encourage you to stop by soon!
Please note: the museum will be closed on December 24 and 25, and January 1. Otherwise, we will be open for regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, free and open to the public as always.
We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
Purcell’s first retrospective exhibition reflects the breadth of the artist’s career from the late 1960s to the current day and includes over 150 of the artist’s photographs, assemblages, collages, and installations.
This exhibition focuses on four powerful photo stories from the 1960s by Harry Benson: the Berlin Wall, the James Meredith March, the Beatles’ arrival to the USA, and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Chosen by the Addison’s curatorial team, these paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures from the 19th century to the present represent the breadth and strengths of the museum’s permanent collection.
Comprised solely of works from the collection, this exhibition explores how women have deployed the visual language and universal formal concerns of abstraction—color, line, form, shape, contrast, pattern, and texture—to create works of art across a wide variety of media from the 18th century to the present day.
Consisting of approximately forty large-scale single panel works as well as a room-sized installation, this exhibition chronicles the artist’s steady mastery of the now nearly forgotten techniques of marquetry and reveals her talent as an extraordinary storyteller and chronicler of 21st-century American culture.
VIDEO: The Art of HIV/AIDS
The first lecture in the series New Perspectives: The Collection in Dialogue was presented on World AIDS Day. For this conversation, host Dr. Tanya Sheehan joined Fiona Johnstone (Durham University) and Jonathan Katz (University of Pennsylvania) for a discussion of works in the Addison's collection produced during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s by artists Mark Morrisroe, Tony Feher, and David Armstrong. (Recorded on December 1, 2022)
We are grateful for your visits and for your generous contributions to the Addison. With your support, the Addison is able to continue an adventurous and wide-ranging program of exhibitions, offer free admission to all, reach diverse audiences through education outreach initiatives, and expand its extraordinary collection. If you haven’t made a gift this year and would like to do so, there is still time. Please visit the Addison's website to learn about the many benefits available to Friends of the Addison and to make a donation. Thank you for your support!
Looking for last-minute gifts? At the Addison's Museum Shop, find a selection of one-of-a-kind items inspired by current exhibitions and works in the collection, as well as beautiful objects created by artisans from around the region, including housewares, jewelry, and stationery.
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Happy Holidays from the Addison
We look forward to seeing you in 2023!
Addison Gallery exterior, Addison staff; Rosamond Purcell, Emu Eggs, Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Camarillo, California, 2007–2008, courtesy of the artist, © Rosamond Purcell; Harry Benson, Enter Suffolk Downs Raceway, Boston, 1966, archival pigment print, 24 x 30 inches, gift of Eileen and Jonathan Otto (PA 1975), 2020.5, © Harry Benson; Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Laocoön, 2013, marquetry hybrid: wood veneer, oil, and shellac, 58 x 76 inches, private collection, photo credit: Courtesy Alison Elizabeth Taylor and James Cohan Gallery, NY;
Sylvia Plimack Mangold, The Maple Tree with Pines, 1997, watercolor and graphite on paper, 21 x 16 inches, gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Funds 1998, 1999.9; Addison Gallery Museum Shop, Addison staff; Loren MacIver, Blue Votive Lights, 1945, oil on canvas, 34 1/8 x 38 inches, gift of Bliss Parkinson, 1971.28
Exhibition and program credits:
Generous support for Rosamond Purcell: Nature Stands Aside has been provided by the Sidney R. Knafel Fund, Eric (PA ‘66) and Nanny Almquist, William M. Drake, Jr. (PA 1950) and JoAnn Carney Drake, and the Artist’s Resource Trust.
Harry Benson: Four Stories is generously supported by Eileen and Jonathan Otto ’75, P’24.
Generous support for Women and Abstraction: 1741–Now has been provided by the Mollie Bennett Lupe and Garland M. Lasater Exhibition Fund and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.
Alison Elizabeth Taylor: The Sum of It is generously supported by the Sidney R. Knafel Fund and the Sherrill Collection of American Art Foundation. The accompanying publication has been generously supported by David and Pamela Hornik and the Michael and Fiona Scharf Publications Fund.
Generous support for the "New Perspectives: The Collection in Dialogue" lecture series has been provided by the Lana Lobell Fund and the Alumni/Alumnae Lectureship Fund.