America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution 

 

January 23 – May 9, 2021
Presented by The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions 
Organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Brandywine River Museum of Art, and San Antonio Museum of Art 

From the late nineteenth century to World War II, American painters adapted Impressionism to their own ends, shaping one of the most enduring, complex, and contradictory styles of art ever produced in the United States. Americans were largely introduced to Impressionism in 1886 through a major New York exhibition spearheaded by the Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. Whereas French Impressionism burst onto the Paris scene with a shocking exhibition in 1874, in the United States, the style arrived after more than a decade of discussion and debate. America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution explores the nation’s embrace of Impressionism, the innovations Americans brought to the Impressionist experiment, and its resonance across two generations of American painting. As American artists interpreted Impressionism, they effectively created a new genre and passed it down to subsequent generations of American artists. Through more than fifty paintings, the exhibition presents an original and nuanced history of the American engagement with the French style, one that was both richer and more ambivalent than mere imitation. 

In re-examining the transfer of a European style to the United States, the selected works in America’s Impressionism offer a window into the complex act of translation as Impressionism was introduced, imitated, and modified over a period of fifty years. The style eventually spread across the country with regional distinctions. For many, American Impressionism finds its ultimate expression in Northeastern locales, such as Old Lyme, Connecticut, and Shinnecock on Long Island, yet there were artists applying the Impressionist aesthetic to the American landscape as far west as Texas and California. America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution presents the fascinating story of American artists coming to terms with a new modern style as seen through paintings of the rural and suburban landscape, sentimental scenes of women and children, and architecture of bygone eras. 

WILLARD METCALF, Poppy Field (Landscape at Giverny), 1886. Oil on canvas. Collection of J. Jeffrey and Ann Marie Fox. 


 

The Charging Station 


January 24 - May 9, 2020

Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Education Building 

Everyone needs time to reset, recharge, and keep moving! Charging Station encourages pause and the search to reconnect with self and others through reflection, movement, music, laughter, and more. 


 

 
Memphis 2021

May 23 - July 11, 2021
Presented by The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions 
Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens 

Memphis 2021 celebrates the vibrancy and originality of visual artists working in Memphis. With an emphasis on color, texture, and scale, this exhibition offers an exciting look at Memphis' creative community. 

RICK NITSCHE, The Milwaukee Road Jesse Davis, n.d. Ink and marker on paper. Courtesy of Eggleston Projects 

   
Brittney Boyd Bullock: Signs & Wonders 

April 11 – July 11, 2021
Mallory/Wurtzburger Exhibition 

Memphis artist Brittney Boyd Bullock creates contemplative and personal work informed by her interest in social change and community engagement. Signs & Wonders will include photo collage as well as large-scale works that incorporate assemblage and textile design. 

BRITTNEY BOYD BULLOCK, Untitled, 2020. Cut paper, thread, sponge rollers, scrap fabric, wire. Courtesy of the artist. 


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