Friday, January 11, 2008

New Winter Shows Up Early!

It has been busier than usual here for the staff of the Addison over the last few weeks. Our Preparators and Registrars have been deinstalling and dispersing the artwork from our fall shows, our Education and Curatorial staff have been preparing for our new exhibitions, and our Development Office has been working hard on the Campaign for the Addison.

Luckily, two of our winter exhibitions, Stollerized and Winslow Homer: Land and Sea (see right), have been installed a week ahead of their official opening dates and The Discerning Eye: Five Perspectives on the Addison Collection has been extended for a couple of weeks to give our visitors plenty to view this weekend.

Over the next week, we'll begin installing Eye on the Collection: Views and Viewpoints and then, the following week, we'll begin installing our anchor winter exhibition, Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury, which will fill our entire second level. And of course, everything will be ready in time for our opening reception for all our winter exhibitions on February 15th at 5:30PM.

As this has all been happening, there was also one other Addison show closing, but not at the museum: I spent most of last week at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, working with their fabulous crew to close down the fifth and final venue of our traveling exhibition William Wegman: Funney/Strange nearly two years after it opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. It was definitely sad to see Wegman's work being put into their crates for their final trip home to their lenders. Thankfully, the artist has gifted us one of his Polaroid series from the show, Deposition (see left), for our permanent collection. Wegman's work will be appreciated here at the Addison long after the show has become a distant memory!

So be sure to visit us to see all our new exhibitions as soon as they are on the walls!

James M. Sousa
Associate Registrar for Collections and Archives

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