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Brooklyn Society of Artists: Annual Exhibition [30th]

DATES April 17, 1946 through May 26, 1946
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  • August 29, 1944 AMERICAN PEWTER
    Exhibition date extended through November 4, 1945
    Outstanding examples selected from the John W. Poole Collection recently purchased by the Museum, and additional pieces received as gifts from other sources. This exhibition, based on design and form, emphasizes the intrinsic beauty of early American pewter and illustrates its extensive use in the everyday life of America during the 18th and 19th centuries.

    October 5 - December 10, 1945
    An exhibition of about 60 lithographs and engravings depicting the days of the flatboats, steamboats, riverpilots, and midnight races, plantations and luxury “showboats” of the Mississippi before and after the Civil War. The greater portion of the lithographs were issued by Currier and Ives and other American lithographic houses which flourished in the 19th century. The majority of the prints have been lent through the courtesy of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.

    November 2 - November 25, 1945
    An exhibition of 61 paintings and sculptures, which originated at the Albany Institute of History and Art, and is now being circulated by The American Federation of Arts. A group of portraits of distinguished Negro citizens will be shown with this exhibition.

    November 8, 1945--January 1, 1946
    European and American landscape painting, with loans from many museums and private collections (about 70 canvases), showing the development of both the philosophical and visual points of view towards landscape from the early fourteenth century to the present. There will be a detailed and illustrated catalogue. In connection with this large exhibition, the Museum is planning two smaller shows which will be on view at the same time: landscape water colors from the Museum collection and a group of unusual landscape photographs.

    From the Museum’s Print Collection
    December 14--January 6, 1946
    A special Christmas exhibition of Children’s Portraits by 19th and 20th century artists, from the Museum’s Print Collection.

    December 20 - closing date indefinite
    An exhibition of rare examples from the Museum’s famous Pre-Columbian collection of gold, silver and jade, representing Central and South America, especially Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Peru. A few items will be borrowed from private collectors.

    January 4, 1946
    Plans are being made to re-hang all painting galleries. European and American paintings, including Homer and Sargent water colors, which have been in storage for the duration, will be placed on permanent exhibition.

    January 15 - March 30, 1946
    A three-dimensional history of textiles. The inventions and developments in all phases of textile arts and techniques, from the earliest fibers, dyes and looms to the present, will be illustrated by maps, models and materials. In connection with the exhibition there will be lectures by leading authorities on such phases of the fabric arts as the development of historical and synthetic fibers, printing and finishing of materials, and the technological skills in the field. These lectures will be for the professional public and admission will be by invitation only.

    April 17 - May 26, 1946
    In keeping with established precedent, artists residing or teaching in Brooklyn will be invited to submit works in oil, water color, black and white and sculpture for selection by a jury.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1942 - 1946. 07-09/1945, 051-2.
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  • April 17, 1946 The 30th Annual Exhibition of the Brooklyn Society of Artists opened at the Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday, April 16, with a private view for Museum Members, exhibiting artists and their guests. The exhibition, which is installed in the Entrance Hall and Special Exhibition Galleries of the Museum, will be on view through Sunday, May 26.

    As has been the custom in the past, all artists living or teaching in Brook1yn were invited to submit works in oil, water color, sculpture and the graphic media for selection by a jury. All members of the Brooklyn Society of Artists are entitled to the inclusion, jury exempt, of one work in each of two media. The exhibition this year, chosen from over 700 entries, contains 77 oil paintings, 59 water colors, 15 pieces of sculpture and 23 prints and drawings, and was directed and installed by Eleanor B. Swenson, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture of the Brooklyn Museum.

    The Jury of Selection and Award for this exhibition was composed of two members of the Society, William Thon and Jay Roland, two non-exhibiting artists, Concetta Scaravaglione and Syd Browne, and Eleanor B. Swenson. All exhibitors, with the exception of those two who served on the Jury, were eligible for the prizes offered by the Brooklyn Society of Artists, and the prizewinners are announced as follows:

    $100 U. S. Savings Bond for oil to Shirley Hendrick for “Studio Siesta”
    $100 U. S. Savings Bond for sculpture to Margaret Brassler Kane for “Torso”
    $50 U. S. Savings Bond for water color to Abram Tromka for “The Bridge” (gouache)
    $10 U. S. Savings Stamps for Prints and Drawings to Victor Candell for “Florida Boy” (drawing)

    Honorable Mentions were awarded to the oils “Country Festival” by Stephen Csoka and “Fair at Brooklyn College” by Nancy Ranson; to the water colors “My Idiocyncrasy” by Raechel Levy and "Blue Grapes” by Silas Fox; and the serigraph “Pegasus” by Henry Mark.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1942 - 1946. 04-06/1946, 048.
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