Thursday, March 12, 2020

Greensburg, PA (3/12/2020)

Thursday, March 12, 2020 (continued)
From Harrisburg, we continued westward to Greensburg, PA. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has reciprocity with Tyler Arboretum, but the art museum now has free admission.
The Westmoreland Museum of Art (1959, remodeled 2015 by Ennead Architects)
Mary Marchand Woods bequeathed her art collection and her entire estate to allow the building of the museum on the site of her home. The brick façade and pediment are part of the original museum. The collection includes fine and decorative American art, with representation form the region.
An exhibit on conservation of artwork included the
freshly cleaned Moonrise, Alexandria Bay (1891, by George Inness)
View from the Cantilever Gallery of Greensburg and the dome of
the Westmoreland County Courthouse (1906)
The Cantilever Gallery exhibition was "African-American Art in the 20th Century," which was organized by the Smithsonian American Art Gallery.
The Long Rows (1966, by Benny Andrews)
Descent from the Cross (1963, by Bob Thompson)
Celebration (1975, by Charles Searles) is a study for a mural
painted for the William J Green, Jr Federal Building in Philadelphia
Community (1986, by Jacob Lawrence) was a
study for a mural for the Joseph P Addabbo
Federal Building in Jamaica, NY
The Colonel's Cabinet (1991-1994, by Renée Stout)
is a cross between the cabinet of curiosities of
gentlemen travelers and the African minkisi/
containers of spiritually significant objects 
A museum chair with directions
Third and Rhode Island (c 1930-1940, by Hilda Wilkinson Brown)
is a view from the artist's home in Washington, DC, a
neighborhood of professional African-Americans
The Thomas Lynch Tiffany Window (c 1905, by Louis Comfort Tiffany)
was created for the landing of the grand staircase of the Lynch home
in Greensburg; it incorporated the Irish farmhouse birthplace of his father
Mother and Two Children (c 1905, by Mary Cassatt)
The Outer Harbour (1909, by Childe Hassam)
Oak and leather-top library table desk (c 1901) and oak V-back
arm dining chair (c 1904) by Gustav Stickley
Chandelier (1995, by Dale Chihuly)
Mining America (Diptych) (2010, by Joyce Werwie Perry)
Joe Magarac (1947, by William Gropper) was a
Pittsburgh steelworker who became an icon of
American strength and industry, much like
Paul Bunyan was to lumberjacks
Quilt with Cockscomb and Tulip pattern
Nice (Orange Grove) (1883-1884, by John Singer Sargent)
Still Life with Grapes and Peaches (1866, by George Hetzel,
who lived in PA's Allegheny County and taught art in Pittsburgh)
Portrait of George Washington (c 1824,
by Rembrandt Peale)
"Grandfather Toys" were made by hand, usually by a grandfather or father
One of the paneled rooms (c 1750, by the King's Architect
Sir William Chambers in London, UK) that was purchased by the
Scaife family for their Penguin Court estate in Ligonier, PA;
and were then donated in 1966 after razing of the estate
Paneled room detail
A small third floor gallery for contemporary art:
Bel-Air (1985, by Charles "Chuck" L Biddle)
Lessons of the Masters: Even the Great Brueghel
(1997, by Robert Qualters)
Next: Johnstown I.

No comments: