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"Scenes of American Life"
2001-06-16 until 2001-09-09
Frye Art Museum
Seattle -- Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, John Sloan, Rockwell Kent...
See the Smithsonian's best-known American works from the American Art
Museum's touring exhibition - on view only at the Frye Art Museum this
summer in Scenes of American Life: Treasures from the Smithsonian
American Art Museum. This touring exhibition presents 62 important
paintings and sculptures celebrating American life in the first half of
the twentieth century. The exhibition will be on view at the Frye
beginning June 16.
Scenes of American Life is one of eight exhibitions in Treasures to Go,
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, touring the nation through
2002, while the museum is undergoing a major renovation. The Frye is
one of the fortunate sites selected to present this exhibition, says
Frye Executive Director, Richard V.West. This exhibition captures
America's story in a very personal way, through images covering a half
century. The idea of painting the common man and daily life was
new at the turn of the twentieth century, said Elizabeth Broun,
director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Artists moved away
from the elegance and formality of the Gilded Age and began painting
everyday people. These energetic and often witty artworks seemed to
symbolize the true strength of the nation.