The critically acclaimed exhibition at the Michener Art Museum explores the work, marriage, and careers of two forceful American artists
DOYLESTOWN, PA – In an article published by USA Today on USAToday.com, the James A. Michener Art Museum’s current exhibition Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective was named one of the “best museum exhibits in the U.S. this spring.” The critically acclaimed exhibition is the first of its kind with a focus on a female artist in the Wyeth family. Featuring more than 100 works by Henriette Wyeth, Peter Hurd, and family members, Magical & Real is on view through May 6, 2018 before heading to New Mexico this summer.
“We are very proud of this major, groundbreaking exhibition,” said Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio, interim executive director of the Michener Art Museum. “And the wonderful media attention and extraordinary audience reception has made it even more satisfying.”
Henriette Wyeth (1907–1997) and Peter Hurd (1904–1984) were important contributors to the arts of both the Philadelphia region and the Southwest. Henriette studied with her father and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she enrolled at the age of sixteen. She quickly earned critical recognition for her luminous and lyrical large-scale canvases of psychological presence and magic, and local recognition for her talent as a portraitist. But when she moved permanently to Roswell, New Mexico in 1940 (and her studio became Andrew’s), she was largely forgotten.
Peter Hurd, a native of Roswell, became a pupil of N.C. Wyeth’s in 1924. While studying with N.C., he met Henriette. Hurd was a significant artistic influence in the development of N.C. and Andrew’s practice; he introduced them to tempera, which became Andrew’s medium of choice. Hurd painted a number of Pennsylvania landscapes, but it is the impressive vistas, stark rolling hills, and dramatic light of the Southwest for which he is best known.
The exhibition is organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum and the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The exhibition will be on view at the Michener Art Museum through May 6, and at the Roswell Museum and Art Center from June 16 through September 16, 2018.
Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective and its attendant catalogue are generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Visit Bucks County, with further support from Bank of America, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, and Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.
Additional support is provided by the Bucks County Foundation; Diane G. Eler; Bonnie J. O’Boyle; James B. Wyeth; Dr. Lamberto Bentivoglio and Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio; Linda Bean; Judy and Seth Blau; Dowling Walsh Gallery; Michael Hurd of Hurd La Rinconada Gallery & Guest Homes, San Patricio, New Mexico; Anna B. McCoy and Patrick Mundy; Maude Robin McCoy; Somerville Manning Gallery; and Mac Weymouth. In-kind support is provided by Brilliant Graphics.
Tickets, related programming, and additional information can be found on MichenerArtMuseum.org.
About the James A. Michener Art Museum
The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The museum also offers diverse selection of art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs for the public, schools, and teachers designed to support arts education. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.