The exhibition Mapping the Collection takes a new look at two influential decades in the history of US art: the 1960s and 1970s. Through a selection of artworks from the Museum Ludwig’s permanent collection as well as several key loans, the exhibition explores issues of equality, indigenous self-determination, women’s rights, and Black Power. The political and social context of these two decades form the background against which individual artistic response is studied. In turn, the exhibition questions a Western European conception and reception of American art.
From the Terra Foundation Collection, Portrait of Mrs. John Stevens (Judith Sargent, later Mrs. John Murray) from 1770–72, by John Singleton Copley is exhibited at the Cape Ann Museum. Co-organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Cape Ann Museum, and The Sargent House Museum, the exhibition Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Life and Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray focuses on the contributions and legacy of writer, philosopher, and woman’s rights advocate Judith Sargent Murray (1751–1820). The portrait of Judith Sargent Murray is featured alongside manuscripts, letters, and personal artifacts.
The exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Sargent House Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Life and Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray is on display at the Cape Ann Museum Gloucester, Massachusetts September 28, 2019–November 8, 2020. (This exhibition has been extended from an original closing date March 31, 2020)
The exhibition positions Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt’s ties to the United States as a crucial factor in the construction of American cultural identity and visual arts. Humboldt’s work influenced many American artists and thinkers in the 19th century. Through a careful selection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and selected maps, documents, and natural history artifacts, the exhibition examines Humboldt’s century-long influence on five spheres of American cultural development: the visual arts, sciences, literature, politics, and exploration. Works by many artists of the United States will be featured, including the Gallery of the Louvre by Samuel F.B. Morse from the TFAA collection.
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