Summer in the Adirondacks

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A “Wild, Unsettled Country”: Early Reflections of the Adirondacks, which opened last week, includes a selection of paintings, maps, prints, and photographs that illustrate the untamed Adirondack wilderness discovered by artists, photographers, and cartographers who visited the area in the nineteenth century. While tourists were flocking to Saratoga Springs, near what is today the southern boundary of the Adirondack Park, …

American Indian painting

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Between 1879 and 1900 the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs established twenty-four off-reservation boarding schools for American Indian children, among them the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico. The schools were intended as a means of absorbing American Indians into the larger society by transforming the children of what were considered savage warriors into fully “civilized citizens.” But …

Amish Quilts and Recent Acquisitions at the Textile Museum

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When the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was founded in 1997, an important aspect of its mission was to promote scholarship by exhibiting its vast collection at institutions throughout the world. Tomorrow a group of the center’s Amish quilts goes on view at the Textile Museum in Washington in the exhibition Constructed Color: Amish …

Art at all costs

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A series of recently announced budget cutting measures by a number of museums raises tricky questions about the value of the arts, the responsibilities of museums to the public and expectations for their profitability, and even the prospects of a degree in the humanities. Just last week, the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its decision to close …

Fashion and Furniture at the Williamsburg Forum

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The Antiques Forum at Colonial Williamsburg, now in its sixty-first year and always eagerly anticipated by collectors, curators, and scholars alike, was held at the Williamsburg Lodge from January 31 to February 6. Some 395 people gathered to hear lectures, attend tours, and network with friends and colleagues over various receptions and dinners. Among the most well received of the …

William Holman Hunt in Toronto

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The nineteenth-century English Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt is the subject of an exhibition opening February 14 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto entitled Sin and Salvation: Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision. More than sixty works will be on view including some of Hunt’s most iconic paintings-The Awakening of Conscience, The Light of the World, Isabella and …

The Hudson River School at Lake Placid Lodge

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Visitors to the newly reopened Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, New York, may be surprised to encounter a large collection of paintings, comprised mostly of works by members of the Hudson River school depicting Adirondack scenes. While many of the works are by artists whose names are probably not familiar to most-William Richardson Tyler, John Olson Hammerstad, Nelson Augustus …