Terra Collection Initiative: Prendergast in Italy

A partnership between Williams College Museum of Art and the Terra Foundation for American Art, Prendergast in Italy was the first exhibition to feature major works produced by American artist Maurice Prendergast in response to his two trips to Italy (1898–99 and 1911). With fifty watercolors, oils, and monotypes placed in conversation with Japanese prints, photography, film, and other mass media images, Prendergast in Italy explored the artist’s transformation of “modern” images into fine art. In addition to artworks from the collections of the Williams College Museum of Art and the Terra Foundation, the show also featured loans from over fifty institutions and private collections in the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The exhibition was accompanied by a full catalogue featuring essays by the exhibition curators Nancy Mowll Mathews and Elizabeth Kennedy as well as other notable Prendergast scholars.

Dates & Venues

July 18–September 20, 2009
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States

October 9, 2009–January 10, 2010
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

February 14–May 9, 2010
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, United States

Works of Art from the Terra Foundation Collection

  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Franklin Park, Boston, 1895–97
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Franklin Park, Boston, c.1895
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Bella Regazza: Merceria, Venice, between 1898 and 1899
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, The Grand Canal, Venice, between 1898 and 1899
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Monte Pincio, between 1898 and 1899
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, On the Corso, Rome, between 1898 and 1899
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Venetian Court, between 1898 and 1899
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Venetian Well, between 1898 and 1899
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Venice, between 1898 and 1899
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Monte Pincio, Rome, 1898–99
  • Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Festa del Redentore, c.1899
  • James McNeill Whistler, The Riva No. 1, 1879–80
  • James McNeill Whistler, San Biagio, 1879–80

Publication

Mathews, Nancy Mowll. Prendergast in Italy. Chicago: Terra Foundation for American Art; London: Merrell; Williamstown, MA: Williams College Museum of Art, 2009.

Related Content

Press packet: Prendergast in Italy, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy


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