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Friday, September 24, 2010

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Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902)
The Young Husband: First Marketing
circa 1854
oil on canvas
29-1/2 x 24-3/4 inches
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Scott L. Probasco, Jr.
HMAA.1987.24

So Reynolda House Museum of American Art just opened a new exhibit called Virtue, Vice, Wisdom & Folly: the Moralizing Tradition in American Art, set to run through the end of the year. Above is one of my favorite works in the exhibit, because it's interesting to see how the blundering husband is such a timeless theme. Seriously, that is Everybody Loves Raymond up there in fine art form.

WAIT. I'M NOT DONE YET.

I saw you, sitting there feeling under-intellectual, wishing you'd paid more attention in history classes, maybe taken art history in college. The thing is, you've been letting this sense of intimidation keep you out of one of Winston's best offerings.

STOP IT.

This Saturday, in conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine's 6th annual Museum Day, admission to Reynolda House is FREE for two people with a Museum Day ticket.

So no more excuses. It's free, it's local, and it's fabulous.

WAIT. THERE'S MORE.

Guesswhatguesswhatguesswhat! The brilliant curator of this exhibit did something amazing for kids.

(Yes, kids should visit. Admission for children is always FREE, and if you start taking them to art museums young, they'll grow up with a lifelong interest in art and won't feel intimidated like someone else when they're older.)

This is called an exhibit rucksack, and it's yours for the borrowing while in the gallery! It's filled with items to find in the works themselves, as well as questions you might want to ask and background info. Like see the rubbery chicken? Now look at the painting at the top of this post. Yes! You've got it! Yay!

So, to recap:
  • PRINT COUPON FOR FREE ADMISSION SATURDAY
  • bring kids
  • release all Reynolda House inhibitions forever!

Virtue, Vice, Wisdom & Folly exhibit
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Museum Day
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