Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

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Current Exhibition

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

February 10, 2018 – August 12, 2018

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design features 37 exceptional examples of American chairs created between 1810 and 2010. Designed for form and function, each of these works of art acts as a window into our national history, culture, and social trends.

Image: Designed by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) Manufactured by Knoll Associates, New York City, NY Large Diamond Lounge Chair, c. 1952 Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography

The Art of Seating is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundationtion and is toured by International Arts and Artists, Washington, D.C.

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Upcoming Exhibition

Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America

September 8, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America looks at the popular revival of portraiture in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries when both the established elite and the newly wealthy sought out artists who could highlight their social standing and personal affluence.

Beauty’s Legacy
contains works by artists such as Gilbert Stuart, Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, Eastman Johnson, and William Adolphe Bouguereau. It features portraits of members of socially prominent families such as Washington, Bonaparte, Livingston, Vanderbilt, and Astor.

Image: George Peter Alexander Healy, (American, 1813 - 1894), Jeannette Ovington (1863-1926), 1887, Oil on canvas, 20 3/8 × 26 3/4 in. Gift of the Estate of Ina Love Thursby, through Walter M. Brown.

This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

Upcoming Exhibition

Gilded Chicago: Portraits of an Era

September 8, 2018 - January 6, 2019

The companion exhibition to Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraiture in America, this intimate gallery comprised of ten paintings will focus on prominent Chicago citizens and the portraits they commissioned during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when both the newly wealthy and established elite sought out artists who could highlight their social standing and personal affluence. The portraits of Gilded Age Chicagoans—with familiar last names such as McCormick, Field, Pullman, and Nickerson—will be hung in the gallery on the first floor of the mansion, where the Nickerson family originally displayed their art and design collection (which was donated to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1900).

Image: William Merritt Chase, (American, 1849 - 1916), Myra Reynolds, late 19th century, Oil on canvas, 45 1/2 × 33 1/2 in. The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago; University Transfer [Friends and former residents of Foster Hall]. Photograph © 2018 courtesy of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago.

This exhibition has been organized by The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Upcoming Exhibition

Treasures from the White City: Chicago World’s Fair of 1893

September 8, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Treasures from the White City: Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 will feature ecclesiastical designs by Louis Comfort Tiffany, a selection of substantial silver pieces designed by Gorham Manufacturing Company and Tiffany Studios, and two-dimensional memorabilia such as photographs and prints. The objects are being drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as the Richard H. Driehaus private collection, and will be exhibited in two galleries in the Nickerson Mansion, a building that was not only standing during the World’s Fair in 1893 but also hosted a large reception to celebrate the event.

Image: Tiffany And Gorham Exhibits-Manufactures Building from Official Views Of The World’s Columbian Exposition, by C. D. Arnold and H. D. Higinbotham, 1893.

This exhibition has been organized by The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.