July 25 – November 8, 2020
The Wyeths: Three Generations: Works from the Bank of America Collection
Drawing from the Bank of America Collection, this exhibition provides a revealing survey of works by N.C. Wyeth, one of America’s finest illustrators; his son Andrew, an important realist painter; Andrew’s son Jamie, a popular portraitist; and members of the extended family. Visitors will explore 74 paintings and drawings by artists from three generations of the Wyeth family, all showcasing a commitment to realism, technical brilliance, and narrative sensibility. This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in Our Communities ® program.
In conjunction with The Wyeths, an installation will be fabricated by local artist Ryan Lytle. Using his own artistic language, he will interpret the story and illustrations from the children’s book, Cabbages and Kings, written by Elizabeth Seabrook and originally illustrated by Jamie Wyeth. In this book, a special friendship begins in Farmer Green’s garden with a young asparagus stalk and a cabbage. The two vegetables discover the common dangers presented by the nibbling rabbit, the farmer’s family, and the household dog.
November 21, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Masters of Surrealism: Picasso, Dali, and Miro
PFAC’s first survey of Surrealism, this exhibition presents the richness and diversity of this obsessive but very human and constant theme through paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, books, and film. The selection ranges in date from the decade anticipating the first manifestations of Surrealism in 1924 to more recent years. Some artists used highly realistic means to depict the imagery of a dream, while others made more abstract works, both resulting in extraordinary creative efforts. Such Surrealist luminaries as Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta and Salvador Dalí are represented, as well as other artists.
Surrealism in Children’s Books
Accompanying this exhibition and within the context of children’s literature, the surrealist method has manifested itself in puzzling stories with an odd array of anomalistic characters and fantasy lands. Illustrations from Maurice Sendak, Brian Pinkney, Dr. Suess, Uri Shulevitz, Wizard of Oz, and Serge Bloch, will delight young visitors and their families.