Food for Thought: Unmasking Venice


Join Assistant Curators Julia Madore and Ann Cannon for a boxed lunch and a guided tour of the special exhibition, Unmasking Venice: American Artists and the City of Water.

Unmasking Venice: American Artists and the City of Water features paintings and etchings that explore the two Venetian worlds depicted by American artists during the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The “picturesque” demonstrates the attraction to Venice felt by American tourists, while the “realistic” depicts the grittier realism of an everyday Venetian’s life. The exhibition includes work by a diverse group of artists, including Jane Peterson and Henry Ossawa Tanner, and draws some interesting Venetian connections to the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art through the glass industry. A catalog will accompany the exhibition.

Exhibit sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation, Nellie and Robert Gipson, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Putnam.

This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as part of the Art Bridges Initiative.

Image: The Grand Canal, Venice, after 1869. John Ferguson Weir. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Mattatuck Museum; Gift of Roger Baldwin, 1938 to Brigham Young Univ Museum of Art (BYUMA); gift by exchange with BYUMA to Mattatuck Museum 2013

$25 members; $30 non-members

Masking may be required to attend this program. However, due to the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, protocol may be changed in the future. Please come prepared with a mask in the event that they are required. We thank you for understanding and helping us keep our visitors and staff safe.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022
12:30 pm — 2:00 pm (1h 30′)

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