September 27, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Land Ho! is a group exhibition that celebrates the timeless lure of the landscape in art. From majestic mountains and gently rolling hills to bucolic pastures and dewy, green fields, our landscapes are ever-changing terrains with the power to
move, excite, and inspire us. Artists have been spellbound by the beauty and mystery of the landscape for centuries, and it is a rare and wonderful treat when landscape paintings from generations past hang side by side with works by twenty-first century talents. Land Ho! aims to wow FAM visitors with exactly that unique and thrilling art-viewing experience.
Land Ho! features artwork by eight New England contemporary artists –Carrie Crane, Sally Curcio, Leila Daw, Warner Friedman, Michele Lauriat, Sandy Litchfield, Shona Macdonald, and Sue McNally – in direct conversation with over thirty landscape paintings from FAM’s permanent collection. Images by Charles Burchfield, Arthur Goodwin, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, John Twachtman, and others will return to the FAM galleries in a magnificently interspersed, intergenerational, multi-scaled mash-up of landscapes old and new, iconic and fantastic, universal and personal.
Land Ho! is not your typical landscape painting show, but rather an exhibition designed to reboot and refresh more traditional preconceptions of the genre and place the FAM collection squarely in that mix.
Land Ho! and its educational programs are funded in part by the Simonds Lecture Fund. This exhibition is organized by
Curator Mary M. Tinti and Koch Curatorial Fellow Emily M. Mazzola.
1. Sandy Litchfield, Butter Fed Grass, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 38 x 54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA.
2. E. Ambrose Webster, Cactus, St. Paul, France, 1925, oil on canvas, 23 ¾ x 29 inches. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sleeper, 1997.3.
3. Leila Daw, Calling the Earth to Witness, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 59 x 228 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
4. Joseph Foxcroft Cole, Canal Katwijk, 1890, oil on canvas, 20 x 25 inches.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Smolin in honor of his parents and Ada and Jacob Smolin, 2001.45.
5. Sally Curcio, Miami Beach, 2009, mixed media (pins, beads, flocking, car floor mat, fabric, embroidery thread, plastic, extruded polystyrene, acrylic paint, acrylic bubble, wood frame), 6 x 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
6. Shona Macdonald, Sky on Ground #1 (from the series Sky on Ground), 2014, casein and oil on canvas, 25 x 37 inches. Courtesy of the artist and CYNTHIA-REEVES Gallery, North Adams, MA.
7. Arthur Goodwin, Untitled (landscape), ca. 1900 – 1929, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches. Long term loan, 1982.2.
8. Sue McNally, Maroon Bells, Colorado (from the series This Land is My Land), 2014, oil on canvas, 90 x 114 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Drive-By Projects/bkprojects, Watertown, MA.
9. Paul Dougherty, Sunlit Moraine, 1913, oil on panel, 21 x 26 inches. Gift of Mrs. Carleton S. Coon, 1980.59.
10. Edward Hopper, Two Lights, Maine, 1927, watercolor on paper, 13 ¼ x 19 ¼ inches. Bernadine K. Scherman Bequest, 1974.4.
11. Carrie Crane, Cleavage, 2010, acrylic on Lexan, 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
12. Edwin Whitefield, Map of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, ca. 1888, ink on paper, 19 x 38 inches.
Gift of Mrs. Harlan K. Simonds, 1953.8.
13. Charles Burchfield, Blue Lake, 1938, watercolor on paper, 18 x 26 inches. Bernadine K. Scherman Bequest, 1974.2.
14. Michele Lauriat, Untitled (from the series Beyond/Return), 2014, mixed media on paper, 44 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
15. Warner Friedman, The Chinese Window, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 45 inches.
Courtesy of the artist and Clark Gallery, Lincoln MA.
16. John Twachtman, Riverside Village, Normandy, 1884, oil on canvas, 10 x 15 inches. Museum purchase, 2009.10.