The Wyeths Across Texas
El Paso Museum of Art
January 31 through April 28, 2013
The El Paso Museum of Art is proud to be the single touring venue for an exhibition organized and first displayed at the Tyler Museum of Art, which presents 31 works in Texas collections by the most beloved and famous family of American artists—N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. The exhibition, The Wyeths Across Texas, includes the EPMA’s own bold watercolor by Andrew, Trout Stream, which the artist painted in Maine in 1948. Trout Stream entered the Museum’s collections in 1983 as a gift of the EPMA Association Members’ Guild.
The Wyeths Across Texas also features a distinguished oil portrait of Andrew by his sister and fellow artist, Henriette Wyeth, which complements Andrew’s own touching portrayal of Henriette in profile gazing out an open window (both works loaned by the San Antonio Museum of Art). Henriette Wyeth is also represented by the inclusion of two of her works from the EPMA: the still like Mixed Flowers and the portrait Peter Wyeth Hurd, which represents an “all-American” portrayal of her young son not long after she followed her husband Peter Hurd to his native New Mexico. Just a few of the numerous lenders to the exhibition are the Brownsville Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Amon Carter Museum of Art in Fort Worth, and several private Texas lenders with a passion for collecting the Wyeths’ art.
N. C. Wyeth (1882–1945) became a leading American illustrator; in turn, his son Andrew (1917–2009), who received rigorous early training from his father, became the most celebrated American realist of his generation. Andrew’s son Jamie (born 1946), followed in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps, and he continues to work in a realist vein in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and Monhegan, Maine. Jamie’s handful of works in the exhibition range from a detailed “portrait” of the back-ends of three corpulent pigs—Woolworth, Russell and Fowler—to a more loosely executed “existential” portrayal of the famous American Pop artist Andy Warhol—Andy Without His Glasses. Wyeth patriarch N. C. (Newell Covers) Wyeth is represented by the greatest number of works in the exhibition, including several pictures of Western cowboys. The realism of these colorful works testifies to Wyeth’s close observation of the countryside, cowboys, and Native American tribes during his early trips out West.
The Wyeths Across Texas
Educational Programs and Events
12:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 6
Zip Tour by Christian Gerstheimer, Curator
Join the El Paso Museum of Art Curatorial staff on a free tour highlighting select works in The Wyeths Across Texas exhibition. Free admission is limited to the first 40 people.
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday, February 18
The Wyeths Across Texas and 70 Years of Mexican Art Seniors’ Day
Visitors ages 60 years and older enjoy free admission to ticketed exhibitions this day only. Regular admission for both exhibitions is $10 per non-member adult, age 13 and up, and $5 per EPMA members adult, age 13 and up. Free for children 12 and under, and all Active Military Personnel and their families (ID Required).
2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 14
Visual Dynamics in the Art of the Wyeths
Lecture by David Cateforis
Professor, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, The University of Kansas
What makes the art of the Wyeths so compelling visually? Focusing on works displayed in The Wyeths Across Texas exhibition, this lecture will examine the ways in which members of the Wyeth family successfully use formal elements and design principles to achieve the distinctive expressive qualities of their art, ranging from the dramatic narrative images of N.C. Wyeth to Andrew Wyeth’s quiet and subtle scenes and the varied moods captured visually by James Wyeth. Seating is limited to the first 200 people, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees receive free admission to The Wyeths Across Texas following the program.
David Cateforis is professor of art history at the University of Kansas, where he has taught since 1992. He has lectured and published widely on modern American and international contemporary art, addressing the work of such artists as Albert Bloch, Andrew Wyeth, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Elizabeth Murray, and Wenda Gu. He has organized exhibitions for such institutions as the Mills College Art Gallery, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Salina Art Center and has written for the collection catalogues of several museums including the Sheldon Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, Wichita Art Museum, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He is currently editing a volume of essays on Andrew Wyeth to be published by the University of California Press.
1:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21
All ages are welcome to participate in free programming highlighting The Wyeths Across Texas exhibition and Earth Day 2013. Guests can experiment with hands-on art activities, and receive free admission to ticketed exhibitions between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m.
The El Paso Museum of Art Museum School and Educational Programs are generously supported by JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Marian Meaker Apteckar Foundation, Wilma D. Moleen Foundation, Moor Foundation, Boeing, Shiloff Family Foundation, Kirk and Judy Robison, Teresa E. Bustamante and Jorge A. Vergen, Texas Commission on the Arts, Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, and the City of El Paso.
Non-member adults age 13+ $10
EPMA member adults age 13+ $5
Children age 12 and under FREE
Active Military personnel and their family with ID FREE
Tickets may be purchased upon arrival at the Museum Store during regular hours of operation. Ticket bearer also receives free same day admission to 70 Years of Mexican Art: New Languages, New Worlds.
The El Paso Museum of Art is closed Mondays and major holidays. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday evenings Extended until 9:00 p.m.; and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parking is available at the Convention Center, Camino Real Hotel, and Mills Plaza Parking Garage for a small fee. Limited metered parking is available on Main Street. Free metered parking on Saturdays and Sundays.