Online Exhibition Brochures, Catalogues, Gallery Guides and Related Materials
Published by Non-Profit Institutions for Free Viewing
(above: Lee Blair (1911-1993), Mary by the Sea, 1934, Oil on canvas, 34"x 48." The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University. Gift of the Hilbert Collection)
Art museums and other non-profit organizations presently provide free downloading or online reading of hundreds of exhibition gallery room guides, brochures, catalogues and related materials containing texts by named authors. They publish on their websites artist monographs and thematic texts, sometimes accompanied by audio and video features. Examples include:
Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy presents Lorna Simpson, an exhibit held September 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015 at the Addison Gallery. Includes links to 8-page gallery guide, 70-minute video of Lorna Simpson's artist's talk held November 9, 2014, and commentary about Lorna Simpson's work with students at the Addison. Accessed January, 2016.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents numerous exhibition brochures which may be found throughout its list of past exhibitions. Accessed 2014.
American Craft Council Library Digital Collections presents an Exhibition Catalog Collection with links to online catalogues containing essays. Accessed 2013.
American Folk Art Museum offers the 2009 catalogue Approaching Abstraction by Brooke Davis Anderson, 58 pages; the 2009 catalogue Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Art of Paula Nadelstern by Stacy C. Hollander, 26 pages; the 2008 catalogue Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpturing by Stacy C. Hollander,15 pages; the 2008 catalogue Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger by Brooke Davis Anderson, 42 pages. Accessed 2013.
Art Institute of Chicago offers preview catalogues Monet Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, Renoir Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago and selected older catalogues linked to their exhibition history. Accessed 2013.
The Art Students League® of New York offers the exhibition catalogue for Will Barnet and the Art Students League, held October 5 - 31, 2010 at the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery. The 28-page catalogue contains an essay by Pamela N. Koob. Accessed 2015.
Baltimore Museum of Art offers the exhibition brochure for Front Room: Surreal Selves, held February 16 - June 9, 2013 at BMA, plus another brochure. Accessed 2014.
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum provides downloading of a .pdf gallery guide for All That Glitters, an exhibit held March 18 - August 8, 2010 at the museum. Accessed 2013.
Berkeley Art Museum of the University of California provides downloading of the 247 exhibition brochures including Trevor Paglen: The Other Night Sky. Accessed 2013.
Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery placed online in 2014 the catalog for the exhibit Embracing Nature, held September 9 through October 19, 2014 and in 2012 a thirteen page brochure for the exhibition Henry Varnum Poor: Commemorating 125 Years. Accessed 2014.
Blanton Museum of Art provides downloading of three .pdf gallery guides for American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting, an exhibit held February 26 - May 13, 2012 at the Blanton. Accessed 2013.
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford offers the John Johnson Collection exhibition catalogue, 75 pages. Accessed 2013.
Brandywine River Museum presents the catalogue from the exhibit Reality Check: Contemporary American Trompe l'Oeil held September 11 through November 18, 2010. Accessed 2013.
Brauer Museum of Art placed online complete exhibit catalogs and brochures for its January - April 2016 exhibits. TFAO was unable to find a "past exhibits" section on the museum's website, so the durability of the online materials is unknown. Accessed January, 2016.
Brooklyn Museum website presents for Brushed with Light: American Landscape Watercolors from the Collection, an exhibit held March 30 - July 29, 2007, a brochure for the exhibit. Accessed May, 2014
Cape Ann Museum offers via the exhibitions page of its website, links to .pdf files for gallery guides of selected past exhibitions including To Gather Together and Keep these Bonds: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of the Cape Ann Museum, October 30, 2010 - May 29, 2011, with essay by Martha Oaks, Curator, 6 pages; Summer Outward Bound: The Robert L. and Elizabeth French Collection, Summer, 2010, with essay by Martha Oaks, Curator, 4 pages; Women Artists from the Cape Ann Museum. Collection: A Survey Exhibition, October 24, 2009 - January 31, 2010, with essay by Martha Oaks, Curator, 6 pages. Accessed 2013.
Charles Allis Art Museum offers the gallery guide for the exhibit The Charles Allis: 100 Years, held February 4 - November 13, 2011. Accessed 2014.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art offers the gallery guide for the exhibit Paintings By Louis Comfort Tiffany and His Circle, held October 20, 2009 through July 4, 2010. Other gallery guides are available online in the past exhibitions section of the musem's website. Accessed 2013.
Charles Darwin University Art Collection and Art Gallery provides several gallery room brochures. Accessed 2013.
Chazen Museum of Art offers a 136-page online catalog for the 2018 exhibit The Tile Club: Camaraderie and American Plein-Air Painting which includes illustrated biographies of members. CMA says: "Tiles formed only a small part of the Club's output. Members made excursions to Long Island and up the Hudson River to sketch and paint. These trips were lively journeys, and the works completed during them document the first plein-air painting organization in the young nation. Tiles, paintings, sculptures, and sketches - many by distinguished artists working early in their careers - are showcased in this exhibition." Accessed 3/18
Concord Museum offers in connection with an exhibit held October 11, 2013 through March 23, 2014 titled From the Minute Man to the Lincoln Memorial: The Timeless Sculpture of Daniel Chester French, a 20-page gallery guide. Accessed August, 2014
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design offers freely online over 25 titles highlighting the Museum's collections, published between 1978 and 1987. Accessed 2013.
CUNY Graduate Center offers Home on the Hudson: Women and Men Painting Landscapes 1825-1875. Accessed 2013.
Currier Museum offers the brochure for Cristi Rinklin: Diluvial, an installation presented June 9, 2012 - Sept. 9, 2012. Accessed August, 2014.
Dallas Museum of Art provides a section titled "Exhibition Catalogues from the Archives," which offers selected exhibition catalogues from 1903 through 1946 for free reading. Many cover Texas art history. Also, selected DMA exhibition catalogues and related exhibition material from 1903 through 1984 are available for online viewing through the Portal to Texas History website. Accessed March, 2013.
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum provides a brochure with essay for PLATFORM 7: Tory Fair, Testing a World View (Again), an exhibit held July 19, 2011-June 5, 2012. Accessed September, 2014.
Detroit Institute of Arts provides a catalogue titled Artists Take on Detroit: Projects for the Tricentennial, for an exhibition held in 2001. The Museum also provided online special exhibition catalogues dating from 1886-1919 (Detroit Museum of Art) and 1919-1923 (Detroit Institute of Arts) from one to forty pages in length. Accessed 2013.
Frost (Patricia and Phillip) Art Museum at Florida International University offers several gallery guides in page turn format. See past exhibits for examples. Accessed 2014.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution's Museums of Asian Art provides online catalogues titled Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia and Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy. Accessed 2013.
Grace Museum provides a brochure for the exhibit Suitable Subjects, Contemporary Still Lifes, held May 21 - August 16, 2013. The museum has also posted brochures for other exhibits held in 2013-2014. Accessed December, 2014.
Guggenheim Museum in New York made available in 2012 online 65 exhibition catalogues for free reading including Joseph Cornell by Diane Waldman, 1967; Philip Guston by H. H. Arnason, 1962. The Internet Archive collaborated in the project. Accessed 2013.
Haggerty Museum of Art provides the catalog for Thenceforward, and Forever Free, held August 22 - December 22, 2012, as well as other exhibit cartalogs. Accessed 2014.
Heckscher Museum of Art providee a brochure for Exposed: Eadweard Muybridge and the Study of Motion, an exhibit held May 3, 2014 - August 3, 2014. Accessed 2015.
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art provides a gallery guide for Summer Breeze: Paintings & Drawings by Alice Dalton Brown, an exhibit held May 18, 2013 - August 18, 2013. Accessed 2015.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden provides a brochure for Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler, an exhibit held July 17, 2014 to January 11, 2015. Accessed 2015.
Hudson River Museum provides books for online reading via Google Books, including those listed at Resource Library's sub-index page for the Museum. Accessed 2013.
Indiana University Art Museum provides The People's America, Selections from the Henry Holmes Smith Archive. Accessed 2013.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Intuit) provides exhibit brochures including "Don't Fence Me In": The Art of Daniel Watson, held January 19 - June 23, 2007, Ken Grimes: ELUSIVE MESSAGES, held January 19 - April 27, 2007, Old World, New Country: The Art of Joseph Garlock, held October 15, 2004 - January 15, 2005, Singular Visions: Images of Art Brut from the Anthony J. Petullo Collection, held September 16 - December 31, 2005. Accessed 2015.
Jewish Museum provides for download of the gallery guide for From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig. Accessed 2013.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art provides the 64-page exhibition catalog The Making of David McCosh: Early Paintings, Drawings and Prints, published in 2011. Accessed 2014.
Kennedy Museum of Art offers an exhibit brochure for FANTASTIC! The Comic Art of Sandy Plunkett, held January 25 - June 2, 2013. Accessed 2015.
Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead State University offers online viewing of exhibit catalogues. Twelve catalogs dated from 2005 through 2014 were available as of April, 2016. Accessed 2016.
Knoxville Museum of Art offers Awakening the Spirits, the catalogue for a 1997 exhibit concerning the artist Bessie Harvey. Accessed 2013.
Los Angeles Museum of Art provides via the Reading Room section of its website online exhibition catalogues regarding German Expressionist art relating to exhibitions from 1983 through 1993, "Pacific Time" exhibitions from 1958 through 2001 and European Art exhibitions from 1961 through 1998. Accessed 2013.
Louisiana State Museum provides the introduction and eight chapters of the book Medley of Cultures available for downloading. Accessed 2013.
(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2021, photo by Mark Hazeltine)
Metropolitan Museum of Art provides online full contents of numerous out of print titles which may be read online, searched, or downloaded as a ,pdf file. See Resource Library's sub-index page for Metropolitan Museum of Art for a selected list of titles in .pdf format. Accessed 2013.
Michener Art Museum provides the catalogue raisonné for William T. Trego. Accessed 2013.
Museo Italo-Americano, San Francisco website contans online catalogs from prior exhibits including16-page Cuneo: A Family of Early California Artists, from a July 16 - September 27, 2009 retrospective exhibit. Accessed December, 2015.
Mobile Museum of Art provides an online catalogue from the 2012 exhibition Today's Visual Language: Southern Abstraction, a Fresh Look. Accessed 2013.
Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon provides downloading of the 142-page guidebook Object Focus: The Book and the exhibition checklist with photos and texts from the publication We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live. Accessed 2013.
National Gallery of Art presents The Art of Romare Bearden, regarding an exhibition held in 2003; brochure for Artistic Exchange: Europe and the Islamic World; brochure for "Deacon Peckham's Hobby Horse" from the website section Past Exhibition Resources; "Reminiscences and Reflections on Collecting" remarks by Raymond Horowitz "slightly revised and edited, are taken from a talk delivered at the conference "Expanding Horizons: American Painting 1865 - 1930," held at New York University on 25 April 1996; a "glimpse behind the scenes during the planning and construction" of the exhibition Art Nouveau, 1890-1914. Accessed 2013.
(above: Entrance, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2013. Photo by John Hazeltine)
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum provides online viewing of eight exhibition catalogues and gallery guides. Accessed 2013.
Phillips Collection presents the online catalogue Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line. Accessed 2013.
Portal to Texas History provides six catalogues and brochures for Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX. Accessed 2013.
Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts provides Portrait/Homage/Embodiment, in connection with an exhibition held in 2007. Accessed 2013.
The Rockwell Museum provides the 56-page exhibit catalog for Touching on Water: Paintings by Thomas Paquette, held January 23 through March 29. Accessed February, 2015.
Ruddell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation provides an online catalogue for the 2008-2009 30 Americans exhibition. Accessed 2013.
Seattle Art Museum presents Online Publications including papers from the May 5, 2007 Masterpieces of Japanese Painting Symposium, a 45-page Guide to the Porcelain Room, and the 24-page brochure The American Landscapes' "Quieter Spirit": Early Paintings by Frederic Edwin Church. Accessed 2013.
Smart Museum of Art provides Adaptation: Video Installations by Ben-Ner, Herrera, Sullivan, and Sussman & The Rufus Corporation. Accessed 2013.
(above: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Photo © 2014 John Hazeltine)
Smithsonian American Art Museum provides exhibition brochure for Jean Shin: Common Threads Accessed 2013.
Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College, provides the 62-page catalog for the 2016 exhibit William Clutz: Crossings with essay by Shannon Egan, Director, Schmucker Art Gallery. The Foreword says: "Clutz carefully balances the pure abstraction of mid-century American painting with the reintroduction of figurative imagery. Because his works are at once abstract and representational, Clutz resists neat categorization into a cohesive art movement. Rather, his vibrant examination of line, color, and light reflects the artist's sincere commitment to his singular style." Accessed 10/16.
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art provides viewing of several exhibition catalogues, brochures and gallery guides. Accessed 2013.
Spencer Museum of Art provides viewing of an online companion catalogue to the Spencer exhibition Extra/Ordinary: Video Art from Asia (October 24, 2009 - February 14, 2010). Accessed 2013.
Tate Museum provides three online research catalogues and dozens of scholarly articles by named authors in Tate Papers. As an example, Issue 6 from October 2008 includes "Edward Hopper and British Artists" by David Fraser Jenkins. Also see a Room Guide for the exhibition American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States 1820 - 1880, held at Tate Britain 21 February -19 May 2002. Accessed 2013.
Toledo Museum of Art presents several online catalogues free of charge. An example is George Bellows and New York 1900-1930, published in conjunction with a 2013 exhibition. TMA notes that all works are from its collection. Accessed 2013.
UCLA University Research Library presents Picturing Childhood, an online version of the 1997 catalog produced to accompany an exhibition held at UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in 1997. Accessed 2013.
Ulrich Museum of Art presents an online gallery guide for the exhibit Ronald Christ: Poetic Fictions, held September 16 - December 16, 2012. Accessed 2015.
University of Iowa Art Museum presents UIMA Magazine, containing articles authored by curators relating to exhibitions at the Museum. Accessed 2013.
University of New England Art Gallery published online the exhibition catalogue On Island: Women Artists of Monhegan. Accessed 2015.
University of Virginia Art Museum provides freely online several exhibition catalogues. Accessed 2013.
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections presents Art Department Faculty Exhibition Catalogues held at the Elvehjem Art Center (later the Elvehjem Museum of Art, now the Chazen Museum of Art) Accessed 2013.
USC Fisher Museum of Art presents the exhibit brochure for Richard Parker: Poetic Illusions, held February 5-April 13, 2014. Accessed 2015.
William H. Van Every/Edward M. Smith Galleries at Davidson College provides an online exhibition catalogue for RE/FORMATIONS: Disability, Women, and Sculpture. Accessed 2013.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the exhibit brochure for James Welling: "Wyeth", an exhibit held March 24 - July 22, 2012 Accessed 2015.
Walker Art Center provides "visual essays" regarding Frank Gaard and 245 archived articles, written mostly by named authors. Accessed 2013.
Woodmere Art Museum provides the 42-page catalogue for Just In: Martha Mayer Erlebacher, an exhibit held at the museum January 11 - March 2, 2014. Accessed 2015.
Compilations of biographical sketches
Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture Project published numerous biographies of Arkansas artists by named authors. Accessed 2013.
M. Christine Schwartz Collection provides biographical sketches and brief essays researched and written by Wendy Greenhouse, PhD. Accessed 2013.
Online Nevada Encyclopedia published online numerous biographies of Nevada artists by named authors. Accessed 2013
Texas State Historical Association published online numerous biographies of Texas artists by named authors. Accessed 2013.
Online Exhibition Brochures, Catalogues, Gallery Guides and Related Materials are cross-referenced in TFAO's catalogue Topics in American Art, which contains links to thousands of Resource Library articles and essays by topic. Each topic also contains links to other online texts from museums and other sources, online video and audio recordings, plus references to topical videos in DVD and VHS format, paper-printed books and articles.
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