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An American Odyssey at Arthur Ross Gallery Through November 6

September 27, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03

Albert Bierstadt, (1830-1902), Colorado Waterfalls, 1894, Oil on paper mounted on canvas; courtesy of the Warner Foundation.

An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Art, is now at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery, through November 6.

An exploration of American history through art, this traveling exhibition consists of exceptional paintings that chronicle the American experience from 1799 to 1971 through portraits, genre, still life, and landscapes. This is only the second time that these paintings have been exhibited outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Drawn from the private collection of Jonathan “Jack” Warner and his wife, Susan Austin Warner, and the collection of the Warner Foundation, the exhibit includes works by Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, Frederic E. Church, Thomas Cole, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, James Peale, and Andrew Wyeth. Mr. Warner began collecting in the 1950s when he purchased a series of prints by John James Audubon. Over the next 40 years he assembled one of the world’s most notable collections of American art.

Related programs:

–Wednesday, October 5 at 5 p.m. Alexander Kauffman, history of art department, on Philadelphia’s “Modern Museum”: Exhibiting Avant-Garde at Mid-Century

–Friday, October 21 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Third Annual Jack Warner Symposium on American Art, in the Amado Recital Room, Irvine Auditorium;

speakers include:

Melody Barnett Deusner, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art, Northwestern University;

Judith Dolkart, chief curator, the Barnes Foundation;

Douglas Hyland, director, New Britain Museum of American Art;

Joseph Rishel, senior curator, John G. Johnson Collection and The Rodin Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$25, reservation required, box lunch included. Cocktail reception to follow in the Arthur Ross Gallery. Support for the symposium provided by the Warner Foundation and Friends of the Arthur Ross Gallery.


Daniel Huntington (1816-1906), George Washington & Christoper Gist on the Allegheny River, oil on canvas, 1840; courtesy of Jonathan W. Warner.  

Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Rowing at Prout’s Neck, 1887, watercolor on paper on board, courtesy of Jonathan W. Warner.

The Gallery is free and open to the public.

Hours: weekdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; weekends noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays.

To reserve a group tour please contact the gallery at arg@pobox.upenn.edu or (215) 898-3617.

Additional information is available at www.upenn.edu/ARG or (215) 898-2083.

Thomas Cole, (1801-1848) Catskill Mt. House, c. 1845-47, oil on canvas; courtesy of the Warner Foundation.

Almanac - September 27, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03