Opening Day: 'Eye to Eye: A New Look at the Dixon Collection'


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January 20 – April 14, 2019
Organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Just as our exhibitions are constantly changing and growing, so too are our collections continuing to grow and mature. In recent years, various gifts and acquisitions have been transformative in shaping the Dixon’s collection for the future, helping to position us as one of the nation’s leading centers for the study of late nineteenth and early twentieth century art. Over the years, we have used the Dixon’s renowned permanent collection to tell a variety of stories, from the history of the Dixon itself to the story of Impressionism. We will be examining our collection of fine and decorative art through a different lens. Eye to Eye: A New Look at the Dixon Collection considers our permanent collection through the themes that inform its subject matter. This exhibition highlights some of the major ideas that influenced art produced in Europe and the United States from the eighteenth through the early twentieth century. Artists returned again and again to timeless subjects that continue to inspire us to this day, including scenes of modern entertainment, views of the landscape in all its variety, and images of contemporary men, women, and children. The artists who created the works that addressed these themes employed many techniques, but they all stressed a sense of immediacy and a willingness to explore new approaches to art-making.

Come revisit your old favorites in the Dixon permanent collection and see them contextualized and showcased in a completely new way.

Sponsored by:
Karen and Preston Dorsett
Nancy and Steve Morrow
Gwen and Penn Owen
Chris and Dan Richards
Barbara and Lewis Williamson

Image description: James Jacques Joseph Tissot, Sunday Morning, 1883; Etching and drypoint; Collection of Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Museum purchase with funds from Mrs. Robert McDowell, Mr. Alan Catmur, and Mr. John C. Catmur, 1986.2



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