For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design

February 15, 2020 – April 11, 2020

Peter Saul. Self-Portrait, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 60 × 55 in. National Academy of Design, New York

For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design is the first exhibition to highlight a pivotal aspect of the collection of the National Academy of Design (NAD) — the joint presentation of an artist’s portrait with his or her diploma work. From its founding in 1825 to the present, the NAD has required all Academicians to donate a representative work to the Academy’s collection, and, from 1839 to 1994, the Academy also required Associates to present a portrait of themselves, whether painted by their own hand or that of a fellow artist.

For America is the largest travelling exhibition of the Academy’s painting collection ever undertaken, and it includes beloved icons along with lesser-known gems. The exhibition’s 100 paintings present not only a visual document of the Academy’s membership but also a unique history of American painting from 1809 to the present. For America will enrich the dialogue of scholars, students, and artists of all ages with the firsthand experience of American masterpieces. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly-illustrated scholarly catalogue with essays by a roster of distinguished historians, art historians, curators, artists, and architects.

For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the National Academy of Design. Support for the national tour is provided by the JFM Foundation, Monique Schoen Warshaw, and Steph and Jody La Nasa.

Photography of the exhibition, including images with cell phones, is prohibited.

 

Tours

The Four Arts offers self-guided tours of the art exhibition and docent-led Gallery Talks. Although tours are geared towards adults, children are welcome to participate. All tours are free with gallery admission. Click here for more information.

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