New York Art Worlds, 1870–1890

December 12th, 2022 - July 21st, 2024
Free with Museum admission

This exhibition explores aspects of the lived experience of being an artist in New York City during the 1870s and 1880s, an era of rapid socio-economic change. Drawing largely from the American Wing’s varied collections, the display investigates the vibrant cosmopolitan and modern art world that emerged in the city during the post-Civil War years, laying the groundwork for today’s international cultural capital. Some fifty paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative objects highlight late nineteenth-century aesthetic innovations and trends, as well as leading American artists’ roles as tastemakers, organizers, exhibitors, and collaborators. Among those represented are Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Charles Ethan Porter, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Candace Wheeler.

The exhibition is made possible by the William P. Rayner Fund.

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Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer (Mariana Griswold), Augustus Saint-Gaudens  American, Bronze, American
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
1888, cast 1890
The Studio, Winslow Homer  American, Oil on canvas, American
Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)
Paint box with nude study, Helena de Kay, Oil on wood, American
Helena de Kay (1846–1916)
ca. 1871
The Elevated, Edith Mitchill Prellwitz  American, Oil on canvas, American
Edith Mitchill Prellwitz (American, 1865–1944)
Marquee: Louis Lang (American, 1814–1893). Women’s Art Class, ca. 1868. Oil on canvas, 26 7/8 x 23 1/4 in. (68.3 x 59.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1999 (1999.143)

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December 12th, 2022 - July 21st, 2024
Free with Museum admission