Rockford Art Museum

Rockford, IL



American Views: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Rockford Art Museum

May 11 - July 22, 2001


"American Views: Selections from the Permanent Collection" documents the evolution of America through more than sixty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. The diverse elements inherent in our American culture are underscored through the Museum's provocative installation which contrasts historical artworks with contemporary images.

Comprised of a suite of three installations in adjoining spaces, American Views explores the themes of people, place, and ideology. This thought-provoking exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view photographs by Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, and Danny Lyons; paintings by Paul Cadmus, Walter Ufer, and Wilson Irvine; and works on paper by Alex Katz, Audrey Flack, and Ed Ruscha. (left: Rudolph Ingerle, Salt of the Earth, oil on canvas, c. 1930. Collection Rockford Art Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie H. Geddes.)

Also on view during the exhibition are artworks such as the pastoral Sierra Madre by Gutzon Borglum, better known for his monumental, patriotic sculpture at Mount Rushmore, as well as recently restored artworks by American Scene painter Reginald Marsh. Local favorites Belle Emerson Keith and George Robertson also are included in the exhibition. (right: Harold Gregor, Flatscape #18, acrylic on canvas, 1978. Collection Rockford Art Museum. Gift of Women1s Art Board and IAC Matching Grant.)

Since its founding as the Rockford Art Association in 1913, Rockford Art Museum has been dedicated to the collection and preservation of the artistic heritage of the region and of the Nation at large. The Museum's American art collection serves as an invaluable record of the key movements in the country's visual arts of the past 150 years, reflecting the evolution of the Nation through evocative visual images.

American Views provides a visual framework for understanding our national identity. This unique exhibition, culled from the Museum's varied collection, documents the changing face of the Nation. The diversity inherent in the American culture past and present is underscored in the Museum's provocative installation. (left: Audrey Flack, Fourth of July Still Life, 1976. Collection of Rockford Art Museum. Gift of Lorillard Corporation.)

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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