Current Exhibitions

Rube Goldberg (1883-197) Perpetual Motion Machine--an Invention, not dated. Ink on paper. Gift of Jane Collette Wilcox, 1982

Orson Lowell (1871-1956) He Admitted He Got an Entirely New Slant on My Stuff, ca. 1930, ink on paper. Gift of Jane Collette Wilcox, 1982

Pointed Pens: Selected Cartoons from the Permanent Collection

On view through August 23

From the maze-like contraptions of Rube Goldberg to the incisive political drawings of Thomas Nast, cartoons rivet public attention to issues of the day through their comic wit and visual satire.

This exhibition features a fascinating collection of over 30 works created between 1880 and 1945, selected from the Museum's rich collection of American illustration. It includes cartoons by some of America's most famous illustrators of the late 19th through early 20th centuries, including Oscar Cesare, Charles Dana Gibson, Rube Goldberg, John Held, Jr., Edward Kemble, Rockwell Kent, Orson Lowell, Rose O'Neill, Frederic Burr Opper, Thomas Nast and many others. Their drawings show a variety of styles and techniques that render incisive visual opinions about topical events, from political issues, business practices, and social morés, to even the act of viewing art.

Ariel A., grade 5 Chester County Landscape, 2015

Pastel and glue on paper, 9 x 11 in.

Friendship Elementary School, Coatesville, PA

Jose R., grade 5 Classroom Still Life, 2015

Pastel on textured paper, 9 x 11 in.

Friendship Elementary School, Coatesville, PA

Imagine Brandywine

April 25 through July 26

Imagine Brandywine is a series of multidisciplinary art projects created by area students and inspired by the collections and surroundings of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The current display features work by first and fifth grade students from Friendship Elementary in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Under the direction of art teacher Mary Carol Sayles, the students took Horace Pippin's life and art, in particular still lifes, as a catalyst for their own expressive creations. Imagine Brandywine is sponsored by the Thorndale Rotary Club.


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