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Exhibitions

Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection

October 30, 2015 – April 10, 2016

  • Watch the webcast of the October 30 Crosscurrents Forum with Annie Cohen-Solal, Gijs van Hensbergen, Virginia Mecklenburg, and Sam Rose and Julie Walters.
  • Buy the book!
Image for Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection

Alex Katz, Black Scarf, 1995, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Partial and promised gift of Samuel Rose and Julie Walters © 1995, Alex Katz

American artists in the twentieth century were deeply influenced by European modernism. Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection features stellar paintings and sculpture by major American artists Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and others alongside European giants such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. The exhibition examines what chief curator Virginia Mecklenburg describes as a “river of intellectual and artistic commerce that flowed both ways between America and Europe.” Crosscurrents is organized by Mecklenburg and features several gifts to the museum as well as artworks that are rarely seen by the public.

An accompanying catalogue, co-published with D Giles Limited, London, features an essay by Mecklenburg, an introduction by director Betsy Broun, and contributions by curators Karen Lemmey, Joann Moser, and E. Carmen Ramos. It will be for sale in the museum’s store and online ($54.95, hardcover; $39.95, softcover).


Free Public Programs
Friday, October 30, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – Crosscurrents Forum

Credit
Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Robert Castellini in honor of James Dicke, the Gene Davis Memorial Fund, The James F. Dicke Family Endowment, Tania and Tom Evans, Paula and Peter Lunder, Michael A. and the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello Endowment, the James F. Petersen Charitable Fund in honor of Tania and Tom Evans, and Pam and Scott Ulm.