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Dancing in the Light: Masterworks from the Age of American Impressionism an original exhibition event on works of American Impressionism, 1878 – c. 1930, with a focus on the uniquely American medium of watercolor. Dancing in the Light is the featured exhibition celebrating CMA’s 85th Anniversary during the 2020-2021 season.
This exhibition is presented with generous support in part from: The Timken Foundation of Canton, PNC Bank, Visit Canton, Stark Community Foundation, The Paparella Foundation, The Hoover Foundation, and ArtsInStark.
The exhibition features paintings and works on paper borrowed from private collections, museum collections, and CMA’s own collection to tell the story of the movement of American Impressionism from its beginnings in France to the shores of America – and why it is still relevant and approachable today as one of the finest artistic periods. Several works rarely seen in public from major artists held in private collections will be featured in the exhibition.
CMA Guest Curator Jim Keny notes, “This is one of the most major shows to address the immensely popular subject of American Impressionism in a mid-western venue in several decades, and the first to showcase a comprehensive survey of American Impressionism highlighting the numerous masterpieces owned by Ohio collectors and regional institutions.” A full-color catalogue will accompany the exhibition, available in the Museum’s Artisan Boutique.
Some the preeminent American masters to be represented will include:
• Robert Blum (1857 – 1903) • Winslow Homer (1836 – 1910)
• Theodore Butler (1861 – 1936) • Jane Peterson (1876 – 1965)
• William Merritt Chase (1849 – 1916) • Edward Potthast (1857 – 1927)
• Ralph Curtis (1854 – 1922) • John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925)
• Childe Hassam (1859 – 1935) • Alice Schille (1869 – 1955)
Major museums represented include:
• Butler Institute of American Art
• Cincinnati Art Museum
• The Cleveland Museum of Art
• Columbus Museum of Art
• Dayton Art Institute
• David Owsley Museum of Art
• Muskegon Museum of Art
• Kennedy Museum of Art
• Flint Institute of the Arts
• Huntington Museum of Art
• Toledo Museum of Art
• Westmoreland Museum of American Art