The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, March 20, 2019

American Art Campaign Completed at Harvard Art Museum

CAMBRIDGE.- The Harvard Art Museum announced the successful completion of a campaign to endow the Department of American Art. Highlights of the campaign include establishment of the Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Curatorship of
American Art, the Diane and Michael Maher Assistant Curatorship of American Art, and the Benjamin Rowland Fund for American Art.

Topping its $10 million goal, the American art endowment fund has raised $10.5 million, which will underwrite the two curatorships and permanently endow ongoing operations in the Department of American Painting, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts. More than a dozen supporters of the museum and friends of Ted Stebbins, who has served as Harvard’s curator of American art since 2002, have endowed the curatorship in his honor. After Stebbins retires, the head curator will be known as the Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Curator of American Art. Diane and Michael Maher of Winter Park, Florida, provided the funding for the assistant curator position now held by Virginia Anderson, who will henceforth be known as the Diane and Michael Maher Assistant Curator of American Art.

Professor John Wilmerding of Princeton University, a distinguished scholar and curator in the American field, and like Ted Stebbins a former student of Professor Benjamin Rowland at Harvard, has established the Benjamin Rowland Fund for American Art. Rowland served on the Harvard faculty in the Fine Arts Department from 1930 to 1972 and was a legendary figure and instructor of many outstanding scholars of American art. The newly established Rowland Fund will support the department’s activities, including publications, exhibitions, student internships, and acquisitions.

“The generosity of many friends and donors will allow Ted Stebbins and the Department of American Art to continue the important scholarly research into our existing collection and its energetic expansion that has characterized this department since it was formally established six years ago,” said Thomas W. Lentz, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museum. “It strengthens the university’s commitment to the arts, and we are enormously grateful to everyone who has helped in this important effort.”

“Working at Harvard has been the most gratifying and rewarding experience of my professional life,” said Stebbins. “I deeply appreciate the support and generosity of my friends and colleagues. The establishment of a permanently funded Department of American Art is a dream come true. With the upcoming renovation of the museum’s facilities we will have dedicated gallery space for American art for the first time, and we look forward to playing an active role in the reenergized museum.”

The Harvard Art Museum’s collection of American art is among the most distinguished in the United States and yet has remained undiscovered by many. It was built over the course of three centuries, however the Department of American Art was not established until recently, in November 2002, when Stebbins was appointed its first curator.

Among the department’s nearly 3,000 works of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts are masterpieces such as John Singer Sargent’s contemplative oil painting The Breakfast Table (1883–84), and Albert Bierstadt’s Rocky Mountains, “Lander’s Peak” (1863). There is a strong historical collection built around a core of commissioned portraits of Harvard presidents and donors by some of the best artists of the times: John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, and Sargent. And yet before the creation of the American Art Department in 2002, the collection had come together without a clear plan. There were gaps, Stebbins noted, especially in the 20th century. “In 2002, we had no Georgia O’Keeffe, no Arthur Dove,” he said. Major paintings by both artists have since been acquired for the museum, as well as important works by Jacob Lawrence, Joseph Stella, and Willem De Kooning.

In the six years since the formation of the American Art Department, Stebbins, in collaboration with Anderson and former assistant curator Kimberly Orcutt, has mounted six exhibitions, acquired 93 new works of art (including 27 portraits), and written six publications, including the 543-page catalogue American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two: Paintings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826–1856 (2008), the first of a planned three-volume set.

Stebbins is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars of American art and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997. He holds a law degree as well as a master’s and a doctorate in Art History from Harvard. From 1968 to 1977 he served as Curator of American Paintings and Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies at Yale University. Following that, he held the position of Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1977 to 1999. He is much admired for his work there, organizing more than a dozen major exhibitions and directing the acquisition of more than 300 American paintings to the collection, including Copley’s Henry Pelham (Boy with a Squirrel) (1765) and Winslow Homer’s Driftwood (1909). He is perhaps best known for his work with the MFA’s Lane Collection. Working with William and Saundra Lane, he guided the acquisition of nearly 100 works, including important paintings by Charles Sheeler, Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur G. Dove, Marsden Hartley, and many other American modernists.

Today's News

November 9, 2008

Winners of the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards 2008 Exhibit at Ullens Center in Beijing

SFMOMA Presents A Retrospective On Sculptor Martin Puryear First Major Survey In 15 Years

LACMA Reunites Treasures from William Randolph Hearst's Famed Collection

Three Centuries of Alluring British Art on Paper at Christie's in December

Royal Academy Announces Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy for 2009

TMA's Elegant House Puts Williford Collection Back in Spotlight

Transpop: Korea Vietnam Remix at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

First Solo Museum Exhibition on West Coast of Puerto Rican Artist Arnaldo Roche

Kunstmuseum Basel Opens Hannah Villiger Exhibition

New Museum Ads Michelle Obama Painting Made by Elizabeth Peyton to Exhibition

American Art Campaign Completed at Harvard Art Museum

It's Beautiful Here, Isn't it...Photographs by Luigi Ghirri at Aperture Gallery

Dallas Museum of Art Opens Take your time: Olafur Eliasson

The Official Museum Directory - Now Available

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Receives $225,000 Getty Foundation Grant

David Chipperfield Architects Wins Competition to Build Extension to

Art Institute Taps Award-Winning Chef Tony Montano for Upcoming Restaurant at the Modern Wing

UNC-Asheville Selects Frank Harmon as Architect for Craft Campus

SFMOMA Announces Premiere of William Kentridge: Five Themes

Eduardo Díaz Named Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Historic show marks 350 years of Rembrandt, the 'first Instagrammer'

2.- Kimbell Museum Acquires Cranach Masterpiece

3.- Exhibition presents the most outstanding works from the Princely Collections

4.- MIMA opens an immersive and playful exhibition called "DREAM BOX"

5.- First exhibition of its kind pairs classic cars and Postwar paintings

6.- New Bouguereau exhibition at Milwaukee Art Museum explores artist's popularity in Gilded Age America

7.- Superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at the age of 85

8.- Paul Gauguin's artistic innovations installed in tropical setting reflecting their inspiration

9.- Major gift to The Met of Peter Doig's modern masterpiece Two Trees

10.- Monet - Reinventions of Impressionism in a new large-scale exhibition

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful