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Norman Lewis Untitled Subway Station 1945

Norman Lewis, Untitled (Subway Station), 1945

Twilight in the Adirondacks Sanford Robinson Gifford

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Twilight in the Adirondacks, 1862

Art Bridges funds the borrowing and lending of artworks and exhibitions.

We believe this is the best way to share high quality American art with people across the country.

4 Years

2.4 Million People Reached

Looking for great American art to fill your exhibit space? Border Cantos | Sonic Borders is available for a 5-6 month loan from the Art Bridges Exhibition Marketplace.

This exhibition brings together the sights and the sounds of the Mexican-American border through a transformative and multi-sensory experience. Photographer Richard Misrach and composer/artist Guillermo Galindo began collaborating in 2011, after both artists had created bodies of work inspired by the Mexican-American border region and its human impact.

Misrach’s large-scale photography and Galindo’s instrumental composition form a creative and immersive space in which to look, listen, and learn about the complicated issues surrounding the Mexican-American border.

Our traveling exhibitions are developed collaboratively with lending museums. Art Bridges partners with outstanding institutions of all sizes to develop these exhibitions.

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This week’s L&E Partner Story highlights the @fenimoreartmuseum, Unmasking Venice: American Artists in the City of Water. This exhibition ran from May - September 2022 and featured depictions of Venice by American artists from the 19th through 21st centuries.

For the museum’s Cohort Program Learning & Engagement project, interactivity was key. Focusing upon the city’s innovative glassblowing practices, Fenimore partnered with nearby @corningmuseum to host a week of free glass blowing demonstrations through its Mobile Hotshop. Brought to life through audience participation, this offering welcomed many first time visitors and was representative of the experimental spirit of the museum’s programming suite, which also included character tours.

Guides incorporated music and performance to enliven guests' experience of the exhibition. These programs, in addition to STEAM-based student workshops, demonstrated the museum’s commitment to learning through hands-on moments.

We love that Fenimore created interdisciplinary programs that provided many points of entry for participation.

Unmasking Venice: American Artists in the City of Water is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the @mfaboston, as part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program.

Art Bridges is hiring paid interns for Summer 2023 and Academic Year 2023-24!

Join Art Bridges to receive hands-on training and individualized mentorship across our departments, and attend museum trips, guest lectures, professional development workshops, and more.

Summer internships are 35 hours per week for 8 weeks (June 5-July 28, 2023), in-person in Bentonville, AR with the cost of travel covered and housing provided by Art Bridges. Application review begins February 13.

Academic year internships are a commitment of 10 hours per week for 24 weeks (Fall: August 28-November 17, 2023, Spring: January 22-April 12, 2024), and can be in-person, hybrid, or remote depending on department requirements. Application review begins March 3.

To apply for an Art Bridges internship, visit the website to learn more: https://artbridgesfoundation.org/art-bridges-internship-program/

Mark your calendars! Organized by the @bowdoinmuseum, There is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art is an exhibition that challenges histories of marginalization and makes visible Black women’s presence in American art history. The exhibition also provides an opportunity to place art by Black women in conversation with one another, showcasing their exploration of personhood, issues of identity, and resistance to certain modes of representation or classification.

Support for the exhibition was provided by #ArtBridges. Here are the remaining tour dates and locations for There is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art.

February 3, 2023-May 14, 2023
🏛 @elpasomuseumofart, El Paso, TX

July 13, 2023-October 15, 2023
🏛 @mulvaneartmuseum

🎨 Featured Artwork: BCMA ID #: 65.2020, Augusta Savage, Gamin, ca. 1930, painted plaster, 9 x 5 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (22.86 x 14.61 x 10.8 cm), Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, Gift of Halley K Harrisburg, Class of 1990, and Michael Rosenfeld

On loan from the Art Bridges collection, Pitch Blackness / Off Whiteness from Hank Willis Thomas explores how American society commodifies Black male identity. This enlightening artwork is on display in the Tom Lea Gallery at the @elpasomuseumofart

Hank Willis Thomas states, “Where you stand affects what you see." Interested in photography and advertising, Thomas considers the ways in which vision and language inform our society. He continues: "Your notion of reality is completely shaped by your perspective and what you bring to what you’re looking at.” This malleability is explored in the artist's work entitled Pitch Blackness / Off Whiteness. Thomas's sign blinks on and off, alternating between sets of words: "off-white" and "pitch-black." Both are punctuated by the suffix 'ness,' rendering the adjectives as nouns (blackness and whiteness).

This dissection of syntax by Thomas demonstrates the power of language. From one moment to the next, Thomas's neon sign jumps between the flexibility of "off-whiteness" to the singularity of "pitch-blackness." Thomas exposes the ways in which language can be used to flatten identity, through its proposal of blackness as a racial signifier. Switching between coded words, Pitch Blackness / Off Whiteness problematizes the visualization of race in our everyday life.

Hank Willis Thomas (born 1976), Pitch Blackness / Off Whiteness, 2009, Neon sign, 58 1/8 in. × 33 in. × 6 in., Art Bridges

Art Bridges' support has enabled us to experiment with using touchscreen technology to deliver information and engage visitors in the gallery.

Adam Thomas, Curator of American Art

Palmer Museum of Art

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