Seasons Greetings: Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art
celebrates the personal style and sentiment of artists handmade holiday cards. This exhibit will be on display from November 20 to January 10, 2010, in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery at the Smithsonians Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.
The cards featured in this exhibition offer insight into how artists imagined the holidays. Greetings of the season and wishes for a Happy New Year range from Philip Gustons watercolor of a cozy winter fire to Ernest Blumenscheins silk screen of Taos. Whimsy and humor can be found in designs by William Gropper, William T. Wiley and Alexander Calder. Dan Flavin, Hanne Darboven and Kay Sage sent quirky greetings in the form of stickers, Mickey Mouse and rubber bands. Photographers Arnold Newman and Nickolas Muray snapped holiday cheer with their cameras while other artists mailed weavings, collages, paintings and prints. Collectively these holiday cards confirm the irrepressible artistry of their senders.
On December 12 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Archives will offer visitors the chance to turn their holiday inspiration into cards. Artist Ed Bisese, who makes his annual holiday card, will describe his process and then guide participants in creating mail-ready works of art.