Whaling Museum exhibition brings together historic and contemporary masterworks

A City for the Arts: Masterworks of Greater New Bedford opens October 30, 2020

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A new exhibition opening at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on October 30, 2020 will celebrate the tremendous impact the Greater New Bedford region has had on American fine art; through the centuries and continuing today. A City for the Arts: Masterworks of Greater New Bedford brings together in one gallery some of the most stunning pieces from the Whaling Museum’s collections, and artworks from private collections. These include 19th and 20th century masterworks as well as recently acquired pieces by contemporary local artists. The exhibition runs through May 2021 in the Wattles Family Gallery. The Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Details about the exhibition can be found at www.whalingmuseum.org.

Throughout history and still today, Greater New Bedford has been a vibrant hub for the creative community. Showcasing the region’s artistic heritage and the vibrancy of the local arts community, A City for the Arts will couple historic masterworks with contemporary pieces by local living artists. Among the many artists whose work will be exhibited are William Bradford, Albert Bierstadt, Clement Nye, Frances Gifford, and Huguette Desault May.

This multi-layered exhibition will share contemporary artists’ reflections on the master artists of the past, responses to the masterworks within the exhibition, and commentary on how contemporary artists see their role in the region’s current artistic landscape.

Christina Connett Brophy, Ph.D., The Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Chair for the Chief Curator, commented, “A City for the Arts aims to celebrate and support local artists – the voices that interpret, explore, and represent the soul of our city. Their work continues to resonate, reverberate, and inspire, as did the work of great artists from the past. Now more than ever, and when we need it most, the arts bring this city together.”

Contact
Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
tmalott@whalingmuseum.org
508-997-0046 Ext. 140

 


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum ignites learning through explorations of art, history, science and culture rooted in the stories of people, the region and an international seaport. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free for Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.

 

Downloadable High Resolution Images at https://photos.app.goo.gl/kWUaLBguCLHDMYB26

William Bradford painting - The Ice Dwellers
William Bradford. The Ice Dwellers Watching the Invaders. Oil on canvas, 1870-1879.

 

Dwight Tryon painting - After a Storm
Dwight Tryon. After a Storm, New Bedford Harbor. Oil on canvas, 1887.

 

Clement Nye Swift painting - Seaweed Gatherers
Clement Nye Swift. Seaweed Gatherers. Oil on canvas, c. 1870.

 

Frances and Robert Swain Gifford painting - Merganser Ducks
Frances and Robert Swain Gifford. Merganser Ducks. Oil on canvas, 1888.

 

Huguette Despault May painting titled Umbilicals
Huguette Despault May. Umbilicals. Charcoal on paper, 2015.