Out & About: Traveling exhibition brings 19th-century masterpieces to Greensburg museum
Judy O’Toole is excited about “Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art,” the new exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
At a March 5 opening reception, the museum’s Richard M. Scaife director and CEO listed a number of reasons for the buzz.
“This is our first traveling exhibition since the new building has opened,” she said, noting that the featured works come from the expansive collection of the New York Historical Society, based in New York City.
“It contains a lot of their masterpieces from the 19th century, and (chief curator) Barbara (Jones) has done a wonderful job hanging it,” she continued. “It’s visually very beautiful.
“I think it will be very popular.”
Visitors have until June 19 to see what the exhibition guide describes as works that “recount stories relating to American cultural aspirations and everyday life.” A number of gallery talks are planned in conjunction with the show.
Notable artists represented include painters Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, William Sydney Mount and Benjamin West and sculptor John Rogers.
Reception-goers browsed the gallery to the strains of the Three Rivers String Quartet.
Light fare was provided by J Corks of Greensburg and the evening’s sponsor was Rivertowne Brewing of Export.
Spending a night at the museum:Kevin O’Toole, Betty Hansen, Matthew andCindy Guntharp, Frank and Sharon Klapak, Linda Blum, Anita Manoli, Chris andBonnie Marsh, Jeff and Rose Hydeman, Rowan andMary Reid, Shirleah andKeith Kelly, Victoria and Craig Faris, Bob and Arlene Kendra, Harry and Donna Morrison, Barbara Ferrier, Duncan MacDiarmid, Pauline Douglas, Eileen Werner, Lauren and Corey Churilla and John and Kathy Hayes.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750 or [email protected].