The Center has partnered with leading international institutions to exhibit a wide range of artists, mediums and artistic movements associated with American art and processes.
Recent partners include The Andy Warhol Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and the American Museum in Britain.
Superheroes: The Art of Alex Ross
5 March to 15 June, 2014. Superheroes™ is the first museum exhibition celebrating the artwork of Alex Ross, today’s foremost comic book artist. Ross, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work, is often referred to as “the Norman Rockwell of the comics world.” Featuring a vast selection of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from Ross’s personal collection, the pieces range from his early career projects with Marvel to more recent work. Through intimate looks at familiar characters, this exhibition outlines Ross’s career of redefining comic books and graphic novels for a new generation of followers of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and other classic comic book superheroes. Press release here.
Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the Twentieth Century
October 16, 2013 to January 26, 2014. During his lifetime, Yousuf Karsh held over 15.000 sittings and produced over 150.000 negatives. Among these were portraits of some of the most exhilarating political, cultural and intellectual figures from France and the United States, including Ernest Hemingway, François Mauriac, Grace Kelly, Christian Dior and Man Ray. Karsh transformed intimate portraits into public icons: making a deep impression on personal and historical memory throughout the 20th century. The exhibition will reunite approximately 70 of the photographer’s most strikling portraits, juxtaposing Frank Lloyd Wright with Le Corbusier, for example, and Charles de Gaulle with Dwight Eisenhower. Original photographs rarely seen in France will trace Karsh’s remarkable career and the extraordinary lives of those he photographed.
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Little Black Dress
July 3 – September 22, 2013. Organized by the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art and curated by SCAD trustee and Vogue Contributing Editor André Leon Talley, Little Black Dress charts the historic and contemporary significance of a singular sartorial phenomenon. Featuring approximately fifty garments from a canon of modern fashion designers, the exhibition includes contributions from veteran fashion designers and those of the international Best-Dressed List. The exhibition highlights the strength of individualism, charting the evolution of the little black dress from its native definition of invariable propriety, to new and distinctly contemporary explorations of texture, tone and silhouette. Images of Mona Bismarck July 3 – September 22, 2013 Among the few indelible impressions that the years preceding the last war have left on my mind’s eye, Mrs. Harrison Williams and her dazzling surroundings remain one of the most felicitous. Excerpt from Cecil Beaton’s The Glass of Fashion, 1954.
Quilt Art : Patchwork Art February 13 – May 19, 2013. Mixing cloths and traditions from the Old World, local production and natural imagery unique to the United States, quilt making evolved into a distinctively American tradition with its own style and iconography. Types of quilts developed to reflect the new country, patterns that never existed before: Star of Bethlehem, Rose of Sharon, Album quilts, and more. Quilt art will feature twenty-five such quilts from the distinguished collections of the American Museum in Britain, an exceptional occasion to celebrate the depth and diversity of the American tradition.
Mary Cassatt à Paris : Dessins & Gravures de la Collection Ambroise Vollard September 26, 2012 – January 20, 2013. Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), The only American and one of only three women included among the French Impressionists, was captivated by the challenges and artistic possibilities of making prints. Born in Pennsylvania and embarking for Europe as a student, she chose to pursue her artistic career in Paris, finding inspiration abundant for her prints, drawings, etchings, paintings, pastels and counterproofs. Ambroise Vollard, the daring art dealer of the Impressionists, renowned for his taste in the graphic arts, recognized early on the extraordinary technical quality of her prints. So struck was he by their modernity and appeal that he went on to acquire Cassatt’s entire studio collection of prints and drawings, most of which have never been exhibited in France – until this exhibition. Past Exhibitions