2017 Loan Exhibition

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution


Loan exhibition sponsor

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution

The Winter Antiques Show’s 2017 loan exhibition commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum (AARFAM) in Williamsburg, Virginia, one of the art museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution offers a selection of highlights from the museum’s collection, including ceramics, sculpture, drawings, paintings, fraktur, furniture, weathervanes, utilitarian objects, needlework, quilts, toys and more.

The exhibition honors Mrs. Rockefeller, one of the early female collectors of folk art whose collection is the nucleus of the museum’s American folk art collection. It also salutes her vision, which continues today to guide the evolving AARFAM—the oldest institution in the United States dedicated solely to the collection, exhibition and preservation of American folk art—and to inspire its continued collecting and acquisitions process.

“The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is deeply honored to participate in the Winter Antiques Show once again since it appeared there in 2001,” said Ronald L. Hurst, the foundation’s Carlisle H. Humelsine Chief Curator and Vice President for Collections, Conservation and Museums. “It is fitting that the nation’s finest collection of American folk art will celebrate its 60th anniversary at the critically acclaimed Winter Antiques Show in the city where Mrs. Rockefeller’s remarkable philanthropy remains in evidence today.”

The objects featured in Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution are artifacts of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century material culture; they were made and used by everyday people and they make strong aesthetic statements, a guiding principle in American folk art appreciation.

The exhibition reflects dynamic periods of collecting that occurred not only for this institution but also for American arts in general: the 1930s, when Mrs. Rockefeller’s collection was amassed; the 1950s, when there was a significant push in the study of American art across the country; the 1970s, when the Bicentennial heightened anew the country’s interest in the revolutionary period and Americana; and the 21st century, in which the geographical regions and time periods of the AARFAM’s collection expanded.

For American folk art aficionados, admirers of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century material culture created for and by common people, and Americana enthusiasts, there is no better place for seeing the best of its kind than at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution, on view from January 20 at the Winter Antiques Show.


For more information on the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, please visit the Museum’s website


Past Loan Exhibitions

2016

Legacy for the Future: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Legacy for the Future: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art pays tribute to the diversity and forward-thinking vision of the Wadsworth Atheneum's collection, with highlights ranging from antiquities and Baroque masterworks to Hudson River School landscapes and contemporary sculpture. The title of the exhibition is adapted from a 1936 public lecture given in New York City by former museum director Everett “Chick” Austin: “For we must have the great things of the past to enjoy and to study, but with that valuable experience and pleasure as guide and criterion, we must surely seek to live in the present and to try to create the new forms which are to be our legacy to the future.” Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continually operating public art museum in the United States. The Museum’s nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. Thanks to the enormous gifts of predecessors, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection is home to many significant works. The Museum was the first in the United States to purchase works by Caravaggio, Frederic Church, Joseph Cornell, and Salvador Dalí, and was the first to exhibit major surveys of works by Italian masters, Surrealists, and Picasso.

2015

Ahead of the Curve: Newark Museum of Art

"Did you know that the modern American museum was invented in Newark in 1909? From traditional to contemporary, from ancient to modern, the Museum’s collections showcase a broad range of works that explore the past, inspire the present, and provide a glimpse into the future. Selected as the Winter Antiques Show’s annual loan exhibition, Ahead of the Curve: The Newark Museum, 1909-2015, will feature pieces from the Museum’s American, Asian, African, Ancient Mediterranean, and Native American collections. Celebrating its 106th year, the Newark Museum has been at the forefront of collecting and exhibiting since the opening of its inaugural exhibition of The Eight (Robert Henri, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson, Maurice Prendergast, George Luks, and William J. Glackens), organized by the Macbeth Gallery in New York, which mounted the first 'Eight' show."

2014

Fresh Take, Making Connections at Peabody Essex Museum

"Fresh Take, Making Connections at the Peabody Essex Museum is the featured loan exhibition of the 2014 Winter Antiques Show. The installation represents a microcosm of the PEM experience and is comprised of more than 50 paintings, sculptures, textiles and decorative objects drawn from the museum's world class collection. Works of art from diverse cultures and time periods are grouped together, uniting and contrasting objects of creative expression in unexpected ways. Highlights of the exhibition range from a spectacular inlaid ivory chair from India (18th-century) to a mahogany dressing chest by Thomas Seymour (c. 1810); from an English brass mariner's astrolabe used to determine time and latitude by the stars (late 1500s) to a stick chart used by Micronesian sailors navigating the Pacific Ocean (early 20th century); from a view of Salem Common by George Ropes (1808) to a Joseph Cornell collage inspired by Magritte's surrealist landscape (c.1964); from a bronze Japanese reliquary from the Koki-ji Temple, Kawachi-gun, Osaka Prefecture (1679) to a Chinese bridal headdress made of Kingfisher feathers, silk, pearls, and semi-precious stones (c. 1800s)."

2013

Newport: The Glamour of Ornament Celebrating The Preservation Society of Newport County

"The Winter Antiques Show 2013 loan exhibition: Newport: the Glamour of Ornament is presented by The Preservation Society of Newport County, which is Rhode Island’s largest cultural organization. The Society preserves and protects the best of Newport County’s architectural heritage, and its 11 historic properties and landscapes–seven of which are National Historic Landmarks–form a complete essay of American historical development from the Colonial era through the Gilded Age. In keeping with its mission, the Society strives to offer its members and the public a comprehensive view of each property’s architecture, interiors, landscapes and social history. The Society hosts more than 800,000 visits to its properties annually. The Preservation Society's properties include: The Breakers (1895), Marble House (1892), The Elms (1901), Rosecliff (1902), Chateau-sur-Mer (1852), Kingscote (1841), Isaac Bell House (1883), Hunter House (1748), and Chepstow (1861)."

2012

Celebrating Historic Hudson Valley at 60: Rockefeller Patronage in Sleepy Hollow Country

"The Winter Antiques Show's 2012 loan exhibition, Celebrating Historic Hudson Valley at 60: Rockefeller Patronage in Sleepy Hollow Country marks the 60th anniversary of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s founding of Sleepy Hollow Restorations, now Historic Hudson Valley (HHV). The museum's mission is to celebrate the history, architecture, landscape, and material culture of the Hudson River Valley, advancing its importance and thereby ensuring its preservation. HHV owns and operates Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, Washington Irving's Sunnyside, Montgomery Place, and the Union Church of Pocantico Hills. The fine and decorative arts objects chosen for the loan exhibition speak to the museum's three-part collecting scope: the possessions of New York families who once owned these river estates, historical resources that provide context for the people of the past who lived and worked on these properties, and emblematic objects representing key events in Hudson Valley history. The exhibition highlights a multi-generational Rockefeller legacy of research-based collecting, preserving, and interpreting history."

2011

Grandeur Preserved: Masterworks Presented by Historic Charleston Foundation

Grandeur Preserved: Masterworks Presented by Historic Charleston Foundation highlights more than fifty objects in an unprecedented collaboration among Charleston’s leading cultural institutions as well as private collections. The exhibition is organized by Historic Charleston Foundation, established in 1947 as an educational non-profit dedicated to the preservation of buildings, landscapes and cultural resources in Charleston and its historic surroundings. Important objects from Historic Charleston Foundation’s two museum houses are complemented by loans from The Charleston Museum, Drayton Hall, Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association, and Middleton Place Foundation, and includes many works that are on view for the first time."


2010

Colonial to Modern: A Century of Collecting at Historic New England

"Historic New England, a museum of cultural history, has thirty-six historically and architecturally significant properties across the region. Its collections, which span four centuries and include more than 110,000 objects and more than a million archival items, are the most important in the nation for the study of New England life. The exhibition includes 18th- to 20th-century furniture, paintings by academic and provincial artists, ceramics made in New England and abroad, and personal accessories from diamond brooches to silk brocade shoes. The exhibition focus on great objects with great stories--such as the Quincy family's Boston-made Japanned high chest, a 1735-1745 tour d'force of furniture that comes from one of New England's most influential families and survived two fires."