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    Thursday, July 25, 2024

    ‘Object Lessons in American Art’ opens at Flo Gris

    Mary Cassatt (1844–1926; born Allegheny City, PA; died Le Mesnil-Theribus, France), Little Girl in a Large Red Hat, ca. 1881. Oil on canvas; 43.8 × 38.7 cm. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund (2021-12)
    Marsden Hartley(American,1877–1943), Blue Landscape, 1942. Oil on board; 40.6 × 50.8 cm. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund and Kathleen Compton Sherrerd Fund for Acquisitions in American Art (2015-6679)

    The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme will open “Object Lessons in American Art: Selections from the Princeton University Art Museum” on Saturday.

    This traveling exhibition is organized by the Princeton University Art Museum. It presents more than 70 examples of Euro-American, African American, and Native American art created between the 18th century and today. Together, these works pose fundamental questions about artistic significance and how meaning changes across time, place, and context.

    The exhibition, curated by Karl Kusserow, the Princeton University Art Museum’s John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, focuses in particular on race, gender, and the environment. Works are displayed in discrete groups, each intended to provoke new considerations and raise timely questions about American history and culture. These juxtapositions serve as “object lessons” — gatherings of tangible artifacts that communicate an embodied idea or an abstract concept — to anchor debates about the country’s complex social, racial, and political history, thereby expanding ideas about American art history.

    The exhibition is on view through Sept. 10 at the museum at 96 Lyme St. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Admission is $12 adults, $11 seniors, $10 students with ID, and free to ages 12 and younger.

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