COVER: Detail of Conversation Piece by Charles Sheeler, 1952. Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Editor’s letter

Critical thinking / Difficult issues

History museums desperately seeking patrons
Glenn Adamson

Current and coming

Farther afield

Carolin C. Young

On books

Barrymore Laurence Scherer

Museum visit

A double anniversary at Reynolda House
Gregory Cerio

New light

Identifying an unmarked silver sugar pot
Benjamin Miller

Garden varieties

Interpreting the ancient: The Portland Japanese Garden’s new Cultural Village
Paula Deitz


Katherine Lanza


Eleanor H. Gustafson



Embodied ideals

John Sloan and the nude
Heather Campbell Coyle

Playing against type

At Arion Press, surprise and delight are the stock in trade
Elizabeth Pochoda

A portrait takes shape

Annie Traquair Lang emerges from the shadow of her mentor and paramour, William Merritt Chase
Eve M. Kahn

Take the 3 Train (or the 2)

One of New York’s most remarkable public art collections is at the Schomburg Center in Harlem
Diana L. Linden

Murder she wrought

The crime-scene dioramas of Frances Glessner Lee
Nora Atkinson

Homer’s odyssey

Winslow Homer’s mid-career sojourn in Britain
Elizabeth Athens