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©Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) Kleberg, 1984. oil on canvas. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection

 

A Voyage to Wyeth's Magical Islands, Newsworks, WHYY FM

Get Real, The New York Sun

10 Things Not to Miss at the Jamie Wyeth Retrospective,

The News Journal

 

Jamie Wyeth

on view through April 5

This major retrospective of the art of Jamie Wyeth (born 1946) features more than 100 works. Jamie Wyeth examines six decades of the artist's career and charts the evolution of his creative process from his earliest childhood drawings through recurring themes inspired by the people, places and objects that populate his world. For more information, please click here.

At the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the exhibition is sponsored by Natalie and Herb Kohler on behalf of Kohler Co., and by David and Lisa Spartin.

The national tour is sponsored by Bank of America.

 

In the news:

Another Wyeth gets his due, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Articulate with Jim Cotter, WHYY TV

The Wyeth Restrospective, First, WHYY TV

A Conversation with Jamie Wyeth, WDDE FM

The Ultimate Jamie Wyeth Retrospective, Main Line Today

A Chadds Ford Homecoming for Jamie Wyeth Retrospective,

Newsworks, WHYY FM

"Where the Wyeth Things Are," Vanity Fair, August 2014


©Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Roasted Chestnuts (1956), tempera on panel. Gift of Harry G. Haskell, 1971

Andrew Wyeth: Lines of Thought

on view through March 15

Over his remarkable seven-decade career, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) created thousands of drawings in graphite and watercolor, a body of work that he rarely exhibited. The drawings in this exhibition provide a fascinating glimpse into his creative process. They were created by Wyeth in preparation for four paintings—Faraway (1952), Corner of the Woods (1954), Roasted Chestnuts (1956), and Garret Room (1962). Each drawing is part of the process Wyeth used to work out his vision for his paintings. Many were sketched outdoors and reveal Wyeth’s immediate response to figures or objects in a composition. The exhibition includes 23 drawings and three paintings.


Imagine Brandywine

on view through April 12, 2015

A multidisciplinary approach to magazine cover illustration will be featured in this exhibition by pre-k through ninth grade students from Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square, PA. The Brandywine River Museum of Art serves more than 6,000 students, from kindergarten through grade 12, through its field trip program. Imagine Brandywine is sponsored by Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown.


FEBRUARY 2015

PNC Arts Alive Family Programs - Artful Animals

Sunday, February 1, 10 a.m. to noon.  Free admission until noon.

Explore the creative side of the animal kingdom in paintings by Jamie Wyeth and assemble sculptural art inspired by living things found everywhere, from the backyard to the barnyard.

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. The goal of PNC Arts Alive is to help area residents gain access to the arts and to help arts organizations expand and engage audiences.


©Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) Profile with Black Wash Background, Head, Nureyev (Study #23), 1977 Combined mediums. Collection of Philip and Tina DeNormandie

Teacher Workshop: The Art of Jamie Wyeth

Tuesday, February 3, 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Learn about the art of Jamie Wyeth through a presentation by associate curator Amanda C. Burdan, followed by an opportunity to view the retrospective exhibition which received rave reviews this past summer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Workshops are free for teachers; register at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.org.

Please note: this has been rescheduled from January 27.


The Art of Jamie Wyeth: "Loves and Obsessions" lecture

Wednesday, February 4, 6 p.m.

Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair Art of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and curator of the Jamie Wyeth exhibition, will discuss the artist's six decades of expansive work. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. and a reception to follow. $15, members; $20, nonmembers. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.


N.C. Wyeth Studio ©Carlos Alejandro

Andrew Wyeth studio ©Carlos Alejandro

The Art of Jamie Wyeth Tour

Fridays and Saturdays, February 6 through March 14,

at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. (weather permitting)

In conjunction with Jamie Wyeth's major retrospective, visit two of the Museum's National Historic Landmark sites that have particular significance to his development as an artist. The N.C. Wyeth Studio, built by Jamie Wyeth's grandfather, is the place where the young artist studied painting with his aunt, Carolyn Wyeth. The Andrew Wyeth Studio is a restored schoolhouse that was the home of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth and their two sons, Nicholas and Jamie. Later, when the entire structure became Andrew Wyeth's studio, the building was the location of Jamie Wyeth's first studio. It is here that the artist painted important works including Draft Age and Portrait of John F. Kennedy.

Guided tours leave from the Museum. Limited tickets for this special experience are available at the Museum on the day of the tour and cost $10 in addition to Museum admission ($5 for members).


Children's Read-Aloud Tours family program

Thursdays, February 5 through March 12; Tuesday, March 17; and Thursday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m.

Young children and their grown-ups hear a story, interact with art in the Museum and make their own creative works to take home. In addition, they will enjoy a special program on Tuesday, March 17, for St. Patrick's Day, with a reading of The Tallest Leprechaun and green-themed art activities. As part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read project, the selection for March 26 will beThe Great Kopek Tree.

Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.org. Free for members and included with Museum admission.

February 5: Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman
February 12: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
February 19: Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime by Myra Wolfe
February 26: Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira
March 5: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
March 12: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Tuesday, March 17: The Tallest Leprechaun by Emily Grace Koenig

March 26: The Great Kopek Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

The Read-Aloud Program has been made possible by Joseph and Diane Packer in memory of Emily Grace Koenig.


Vanessa Briceño Photography

Music on the Brandywine

Thursday, February 19, Performance at 7:30 p.m. Galleries open at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a concert by Jordan Dodson, named one of the top young classical guitarists of his generation by Performance Today. An active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia, and an advocate for contemporary music, Dodson has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. He performs in several New York-based ensembles, and has received many prestigious awards. He will perform old and new selections. Arrive early to tour the museum and enjoy small plates and full bar (available for purchase). Tickets cost $10, members; $12, non-members and $6, students, through February 16. Prices increase to $20, members; $25, non-members, and $10, students after February 16. Tickets are available online, by phone at 610.388.8326, or at the Museum.


"Drawing in Light:

A Brief History of Photography" lecture series

Fridays, February 20 through March 20, 10 a.m.

Associate Curator Amanda C. Burdan delves into the fascinating history of photography in this five-part lecture series. Series tickets $40, members; $50, non-members. Individual lectures, $12, members; $15, non-members. Tickets are available online, by phone at 610.388.8326, or at the Museum.


©Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) Portrait of Shorty (1963), oil on canvas. Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Jamie Wyeth Curator's Tour

Wednesday, February 25, 2 p.m.

Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will discuss Jamie Wyeth's early works, from paintings such as Portrait of Shorty to his time in New York, including his work at Andy Warhol's famous Factory. Included with Museum admission and free for members.


MARCH 2015

PNC Arts Alive Family Programs - All in the Family

Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m. to noon.  Free admission until noon.

Discover the incredible work of three generations of Wyeth family artists and create one-of-a-kind family portraits.

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. The goal of PNC Arts Alive is to help area residents gain access to the arts and to help arts organizations expand and engage audiences.


Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus Concert

Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m., included with museum admission.

The Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus will perform songs with the theme of "Peace" in the museum's second floor lobby. Included with Museum admission and free for members.


Frontispiece from Tuesday by David Wiesner

 

David Wiesner: Storytelling with Pictures

Sunday, March 15, 1 to 3 p.m.

Enter into the imagination of three-time Caldecott Medal winner David Wiesner as he discusses the creative process behind writing and illustrating his popular children’s books. Immediately following the presentation, Wiesner will sign copies of his beautifully illustrated books, including the three award-winning titles, Flotsam, Tuesday, and The Three Pigs, available for purchase in the museum shop. The talk is best for ages 10 and up; all ages are welcome to meet the artist at the book signing. No registration required. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


Art Class with Karl J. Kuerner

Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturdays, March 21 to May 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Immerse yourself in Kuerner Farm, a source of inspiration for Andrew Wyeth for over 70 years, and a featured property on the National Register of Historic Places, with an art class led by Karl J. Kuerner. As the grandson of two of Andrew Wyeth’s best-known subjects and a student of Carolyn Wyeth, Karl’s personal experiences with the farm provide special insight into the property and its rich history. Participants will provide art materials of their own choosing, and should dress appropriately for working outdoors. The first class will begin at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Cost is $250 per person (members, $200). Reserved your spot by calling 610.388.8326 or register online (click here for Tuesday classes and here for Saturday classes).


©Jamie Wyeth (born 1946) The Sea, Watched, 2009, oil on canvas. Private Collection.

Jamie Wyeth Curator's Tour

Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m.

Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will focus on Jamie Wyeth's paintings made in Maine and Chadds Ford, as well as his most recent work. Included with Museum admission and free for members.


Woodcock Walk

Friday, March 27, 6:45 p.m. at the Laurels Preserve

Join Conservancy staff on an evening walk to witness one of the most remarkable signs of spring, the display of the American Woodcock. The walk will end by (hopefully!) watching the remarkable courtship dance and song of this secretive bird. Please bring binoculars and dry boots. This walk is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now!


APRIL 2015

credit Carlos Alejandro

Historic Property Tours

Daily, April 1 through November 22

Learn more about the artists on tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, both National Historic Landmarks sites, and the Kuerner Farm. Each property may be toured individually or on package tours


Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 11, discussion at 1 p.m.

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. One day each year people all over the world visit local museums to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience.

To participate at the Museum, send an e-mail to education@brandywine.org or call 610.388.8382. On April 11, visit the museum between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to view the selected works and join the Slow Art discussion group in the Museum cafe at 1 p.m. Free for members and included in Museum admission; lunch is available for purchase.


PNC Arts Alive Family Programs - Artful Animals

Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon.  Free admission until noon.

Find action and adventure in illustrations for classic tales as seen in the museum, and add dynamic characters and movement to your own painted creations.

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. The goal of PNC Arts Alive is to help area residents gain access to the arts and to help arts organizations expand and engage audiences.


Birding the Brandywine

Wednesday, April 15, 9 a.m., at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

Join Conservancy staff on a birding walk along the Conservancy's river trail in Chadds Ford. One of our most popular spring walks with lots of opportunity for exciting spring migrants. Bring your binoculars!


 

"Spring Mix" - Musical Performance by

students from The Tatnall School

Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m., included with museum admission.


Horace Pippin (1888-1945) Interior (also known as Interior of Cabin), 1944, oil on fabric. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin in honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1991

Horace Pippin: The Way I See It

April 25 through July 19

This major exhibition, the first in more than 20 years, re-examines Horace Pippin (1888-1946), an artist esteemed for his bold, colorful and candid paintings reflecting life in the African American community and commenting on race, religion, war and history. The exhibition will look closely at Pippin as an artist with a remarkable singular vision who stood outside the mainstream art world, upholding his own aesthetic sensibility while also engaging in the larger social issues of the day. To preview the exhibition, please click here.

     

This exhibition is made possible by the Exelon Foundation and PECO. Additional support provided by The Davenport Family Foundation, Wyeth Foundation for American Art and Dr. Benjamin Hammond.


Spring Back to Life

Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m., at the Laurels Preserve

Come witness the sights and sounds of spring in the Laurels. This walk will focus on the changing weather and how it impacts the lives of plants and animals. We'll investigate a variety of changes, both big and small throughout the preserve. Please bring binoculars and dry boots. This walk is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now!


Courtesy Winterthur Museum, credit Gavin Ashworth

"Taking Tea: The Tea Table in 18th Century Britain and America" lecture

Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m. Galleries open at 6 p.m.

Tea-drinking was a social ritual in 18th century Britain and its American colonies.  The ceremony offered the opportunity for good gossipy conversation while enjoying a tasty beverage poured from a ceramic or silver pot into cups, all laid out on a handsome tea table. Join Brock Jobe for a fascinating look at the popularity of tea-drinking and the development of the tea table in the 18th century. Jobe teaches graduate courses in historic interiors, decorative arts, and 20th-century design in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. He assumed the position of professor of American decorative arts in 2000 after a twenty-eight-year career as a museum curator and administrator.  

Light refreshments will be provided with a complimentary glass of wine. Coffee and desert will be provided after the lecture. The costs is $30; members, $25. Tickets will be are available in March online or by calling 610.388.8318.   


credit Vanessa Briceño

Music on the Brandywine

Thursday, April 30, Performance at 7:30 p.m. Galleries open at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a performance by mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams, who has won numerous prestigious international awards. She holds a Master's degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Williams will be accompanied by pianist Sejoon Park. Arrive early to tour the museum and enjoy small plates and full bar (available for purchase). Tickets will be available in mid-March, online, by phone at 610.388.8326, or at the Museum.



The Brandywine River Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Brandywine River Museum of Art, U.S. Route 1, P.O. Box 141
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