Skip to main content
Intellect

BYU Museum of Art begins reinstallation of its permanent collection of American art

Will open Sept. 29 on museum's lower level

At the end of September, the Brigham Young University Museum of Art will open the first section of a new exhibition titled “American Dreams: Selected Works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection of American Art.” The remaining two sections of the new exhibition will open in February 2006.

“American Dreams,” will replace “150 Years of American Painting,” the current exhibition of the museum’s holdings that has been on view for the past 11 years. The new and expanded exhibition will appear on both levels of the museum and will include prints, sculpture and photography, as well as painting. The exhibition will include three thematic sections: “The Dream of Eden,” “American Aspirations” and “Envisioning America.”

The “Envisioning America” section of “American Dreams” will be on view beginning Sept. 29 in the Russell & Phyllis Marriott, Milton & Gloria Barlow and Robert W. & Amy T. Barker galleries on the museum’s lower level. The remaining two sections will open Feb. 24, 2006, in the Arline Harman Gallery on the museum’s main floor.

After officially opening in February, “American Dreams” will be on display for five years. After five years, the permanent collection will be re-installed with additional works and a different focus.

The artwork in the “Envisioning America” section convey multiple visions of the nation as portrayed by American artists. Early examples reflected and perpetuated a vision of America as heir to the values of Western civilization, such as democracy, classical order, and Christianity. American artists of this era appropriated European styles and Christian sensibilities to mythologize the founding events of the nation.

After the Civil War, America experienced an industrial boom and became a wealthy nation. Citizens of the new country tested their identity against the countries of Europe. Self-consciousness about America’s reputation as a cultural backwater spurred attempts to prove cultural sophistication. American artists studied art in Paris and Munich, and emulated modern European styles well into the 20th century.

America emerged as a new world power after World War I. Following World War II, the nation realized its identity as one of the most powerful nations on earth. Some American artists celebrated the achievements of their country, while others exercised their right of free speech to critique society.

The “Envisioning America” section will include works by Alexander Calder, Cyrus Dallin, Maynard Dixon, Robert Indiana, Daniel Ridgway Knight, Francis Davis Millet, Norman Rockwell, Minerva Teichert, Andy Warhol, Benjamin West and Mahonri M. Young, among others.

This section will also contain a reading room that will allow museum visitors to study the themes of the exhibition and the lives and work of the featured artists in greater detail.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information on exhibits and museum programs, call (801) 378-ARTS.

Writer: Christopher Wilson

Related Articles

data-content-type="article"

Going cashless to prevent COVID-19 was useless, new BYU microbiology study finds

May 12, 2022
A new study published in PLOS ONE from BYU scientists finds that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is almost immediately nonviable if deposited on a cash banknote. The virus actually shows greater stability on plastic money cards, with the live virus still being detected 48 hours after initial deposition, but no viable virus was detected on either cash or card that was randomly sampled in the study.


overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

BYU student’s research solves an icy dwarf planet mystery

May 09, 2022
The dwarf planet Haumea has befuddled modern scientists for years. New BYU research details the planet's creation and solves one of astronomy's puzzles.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

When it comes to buying stuff, who do you trust to sell it: Government, nonprofits or for-profits? BYU study says...

April 26, 2022
Covid-19 tests were in short supply two months ago, but now testing options abound, from free tests mailed by the U.S. government to those available from pharmacies and nonprofit healthcare providers. All other factors being equal, is there an advantage to accessing a test through any one of these avenues?
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=