American Art

Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt<br/>January 9–April 6, 2019

Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt is the largest solo museum exhibition of this New York-based octogenarian artist. Since the 1980s, Reinhardt has exclusively depicted scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, creating vivid, whimsical illustrations in colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache that recount the Roman poet’s time-honored myths.

Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence

Criminal Files In the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt gave J. Edgar Hoover unprecedented powers to fight the kidnappings, killings, crime bosses, and criminals that flourished at that time. Hoover countered the magnetism of such crime figures as “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, John Dillinger, “Machine Gun” Kelly, and “Baby Face” Nelson with […]

Park Ave Cubists

Cosmopolitan and erudite, Albert Eugene Gallatin, George L.K. Morris, Suzy Frelinghuysen, and Charles B. Shaw were committed artists, passionate patrons, and close friends.

Paul Kos

Contemporary artworks take many forms, at times even disappearing altogether. In 1969 cows grazing in a Napa Valley pasture licked away Lot’s Wife, a salt-block sculpture by Paul Kos.

ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND: Mission School

In the early 1990s, many aspiring San Francisco artists lived and worked in the Mission District, a gritty, low-rent area of the city. Among them were San Francisco Art Institute undergraduates Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri, along with friends Chris Johanson and Margaret Kilgallen.

Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000

Art for Every Home explores how Associated American Artists (AAA) dramatically expanded the market for art in the United States. In 1934 Reeves Lewenthal, an enterprising businessman, convened a group of artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood, to produce prints for him to sell to the public at affordable prices. Tracing AAA’s trajectory from its beginnings as a renowned print publisher, to its expansion into advertising and interior decor, to its eventual demise in 2000, the first-ever comprehensive survey to focus on this remarkable company illuminates how it inspired and cultivated American collectors for more than sixty years.