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For over 200 years, artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, poetry, and transformative power of the sea in American life. Oceans play a key role in American society no matter where we live, and still today, the sea continues to inspire painters to capture its mystery and power.
In American Waters is a new exhibition in which the marine painting is revealed to be so much more than ship portraits. Visitors will be transported across time and water on the wave of a diverse range of modern and historical artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Amy Sherald, Kay WalkingStick, Norman Rockwell, Hale Woodruff, Paul Cadmus, Thomas Hart Benton, Jacob Lawrence, Valerie Hegarty, Stuart Davis, and many more. In this exhibition, visitors will also discover the sea as an expansive way to reflect on American culture and environment, learn how coastal and maritime symbols moved inland across the United States, and question what it means to be “in American waters.”
In American Waters is co-created by Austen Bailly, chief curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The exhibition will debut at Peabody Essex Museum on May 29, 2021 and is accompanied by a major multi-author illustrated publication published by Crystal Bridges and the University of Arkansas Press.
This exhibition is co-organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
PEMcast producer Dinah Cardin asked Crystal Bridges visitors: what is your experience with the sea?
In American Waters opens today at Peabody Essex Museum. Check out their PEMcast episode here.
In American Waters is a part of the 10th Anniversary Exhibition Season at Crystal Bridges, supported in part by:
James Dyke and Helen Porter
Chuck and Terri Erwin
Shelby and Frederick Gans
The Bogle Family
Rick and Beverly Chapman
Valorie and Randy Lawson | Lawco Energy Group
Stella Boyle Trust, Catherine and Michael Mayton, Truestees
Kelly and Marti Sudduth
Supported in part by:
Bob and Becky Alexander, Anonymous, Ramsay and Jaquita Ball, Avis and Bill Bailey, Juan, Marcy, and Joaquin Camacho, Gelmart International, Greg Thompson Fine Art, Jim and Susan von Gremp, Meza Harris, Hyde Family Foundation, Steve and Susan Nelson, Catherine and Stephan Roche, JT and Imelda Rose, Jon and Kim Shirley, Barbra and George Sycip, Engel & Völkers, and Deborah Wright.