Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Lenders, Lending, and Loans

As we put the final touches on our William Wegman-Funney/Strange exhibition opening Saturday, April 7th, I'm reminded of the many kind people who lent their objects to the show. Over forty lenders have sent their pieces including private collectors, galleries, and fellow museums.

The Addison lends objects from our permanent collection on a regular basis to other institutions for their exhibitions. At this moment, we have fourteen different objects on loan throughout the country including two George Rickeys at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, five Charles Sheelers at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and several Eadweard Muybridges at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Soon, we'll be lending three of our Edward Hopper paintings: Manhattan Bridge Loop, Railroad Train, and Freight Cars, Gloucester (see right) to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for their Edward Hopper exhibition. The show will travel to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Art Institute of Chicago later this year. Unfortunately, Manhattan Bridge Loop can only make it to the Boston venue…it's slated to be in our own traveling show: Coming of Age: American Art 1850s to 1950s, in November.

This month, we're lending our Joseph Cornell, Cage, to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA for their Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination exhibition. The show is being toured by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. You may recall that this Washington, DC institution hosted the second venue of our Wegman show.

So when you look at the labels accompanying each object either here at the Addison or at your local museum, please take note of where it came from. Without the generosity of these lenders, shows like William Wegman-Funney/Strange, would never happen!

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