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"Eastman Johnson: Painting America"
1999-10-29 until 2000-02-06
Brooklyn Museum of Art
USA United States of America
The first major exhibition of Eastman Johnson's work (1839-1905) in 25 years, the
show comprises 73 paintings and 35 drawings by one of the most important American
artists of the nineteenth century, and includes several works never before on
view. Famous for his iconic and often-cited images of American life, such as the
Brooklyn Museum of Art's Not At Home, Johnson's prolific
career included drawings, rural genre subjects, Civil War scenes, interior
scenes, and portraiture. This exhibition will be a comprehensive exploration of
the entire range and depth of Johnson's oeuvre. Included will be 3 drawings and
5 paintings from the Brooklyn Museum of Art permanent collection, a selection of
portrait heads from the 1840s, drawings of Native-American Chippewa Indians, and
works portraying African-Americans, which have not been exhibited publicly since
the nineteenth century.
Organization: This exhibition was organized by Teresa
A. Carbone, Associate Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Brooklyn
Museum of Art, and Patricia Hills, noted Johnson scholar and faculty member of
Boston University's Art History Department. The exhibition will travel to the San
Diego Museum of Art, opening February 25, 2000-May 21, 2000 and continue at the
Seattle Art Museum from June 8, 2000-September 10, 2000, which will be its final
catalogue will accompany the exhibition and will be co-published with Rizzoli
International. It is the first major publication about the artist since 1972.
Support: This exhibition is made
possible by The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. and Gilder Foundation. Additional
support is provided by Richard and Jane Maroogian Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. John
S. Tamagni and Blair W. Effron. Support for the catalogue was provided through
the generosity of Furthermore, the Publication Program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund,
and a BMA endowment established by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.