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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.

6 Years

5.3 Million People Reached

September is the birth month of T.C. Cannon, a Kiowa and Caddo artist who chronicled the past, present, and future lives of his family in the portrait “Grandmother Gestating Father and the Washita River Runs Ribbon-Like.”

This painting, which is part of the Art Bridges Collection, is of Cannon’s grandmother while she was pregnant with his father. Cannon's painting ties in the Washita River in Oklahoma, where General Custer staged a massacre that killed women and children staying in a Cheyenne camp that was on the river in 1868. This portrait pays homage to the cycle and circles of life and the joy and pain that is mixed in.  

It is currently on view at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. 

T.C. Cannon (1946 – 1978), "Grandmother Gestating Father and the Washita River Runs Ribbon-Like", 1975, oil and acrylic on canvas. 50 x 40 in. Art Bridges. 
#artbridges #tccannon #kiowaartist #caddoartist #washitariver

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Butter is one of the most common substances used in cooking, so preserving its likeness through sculpture resonates with a large audience in Robert Gober’s sculpture “Untitled.” The artist makes his butter larger than life and, unwrapped from its paper, is laid out to seem open, vulnerable, and ready to be used for whatever need lies ahead.

As the sculpture can’t be smelled or touched — only admired — it invites viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the object, and how big or small its role is in their lives. Since being acquired by Art Bridges in 2016, “Untitled” has traveled to Binghamton University Art Museum and Portland Art Museum. It is currently on view at the Columbus Museum of Art and is available to borrow after 2024.

For more information, visit the Collection Loan Inquiry page in our profile.

Robert Gober (b. 1954), "Untitled", 1993-1994, beeswax, wood, glassine, and felt-tip marker pen ink, 9 1/2 x 47 3/4 x 40 in. Art Bridges. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.

#butter #buttersculpture #robertgober #artbridges #sculptureart #foodart

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Spanning two decades, photographer William Bullard spent an extensive portion of his career documenting the faces and lives of African Americans in Worcester, Massachusetts. 83 photos, printed from Bullard’s original glass negatives photographs, are part of the traveling exhibition Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, 1897- 1917, organized by Worcester Art Museum and Clark University.

These images were taken during a pivotal moment when African Americans were reshaping their identities — between Reconstruction and the dawn of the Great Migration. They tell amazing stories of the efforts made by this community to establish and enjoy life, and foreshadow the lives of their eventual descendants. The exhibition is currently available to borrow for a minimum of 12 weeks and can be extended up to six months.

For more information on how to bring the exhibition to your museum, visit the Exhibitions link in our profile.

William Bullard, “Raymond Schuyler and Four of his Children”, c. 1904, archival inkjet print, 14.2 x 18.2 cm (image), courtesy of Frank Morrill, Clark University and the Worcester Art Museum.

#artbridges #williambullard #worcesterma #blackandwhitephotography #africanamericanphotography #blackphotography #blackart

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This is the last weekend to check out Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s-1970s at the Saint Louis Art Museum before it travels to the Schingoethe Center in Aurora, IL! This modern art exhibition explores Native American abstraction from the mid-century, giving new perspective to works created by Native American artists after World War II.

The exhibition closes at Saint Louis Art Museum this Sunday, September 3, and will open on October 2 at the Schingoethe Center. In February 2024, it will open at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts for its final run, ending in May.

Check out @stlartmuseum for more information.

Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s–1970s is organized by IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Art Bridges.

Anita Fields, Osage/Muskogee Creek, born 1951; “Untitled”; woodblock on paper; 14 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches; IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe; © Anita Fields.

#stlartmuseum #slamstl #arkmfa #schingoethecenter #actionabstractionredefined #nativeamericanart #midcenturyart #artbridges

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As the last weeks of summer pass, the warmer days of soaking in every view of beach and shoreline become more and more precious. Today we highlight “Evening Swell,” a view of Mohegan Island off the coast of Maine, painted by George Bellows, who was born in the month of August. The portrait captures a moment of twilight at sea with a person in their boat dwarfed by the vast landscape. Bellows spent many summers in Maine, starting in 1911 — the year he painted this work. Art Bridges acquired it in 2019 and it has since coasted to the Hudson River Museum and Parrish Art Museum. With the arrival of Labor Day soon, it’s a fitting painting to reflect on the crests and troughs of the season.

George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925), "Evening Swell", 1911, oil on canvas, 30 x 38 in. Art Bridges. Photo: Christie’s Images Limited.

#artbridges #georgebellows #eveningswell #availabletoborrow #maine #maineart #oceanart #moheganisland

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Planning out your arts calendar for September? Be sure to include the American Perspectives: Curatorial Highlights lecture on September 17 at Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis! Join Emelie Gevalt, curatorial chair for collections and curator of Folk Art from the American Folk Art Museum, for an in-depth discussion on the exhibition.

American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection is on view through October 8.

The exhibition is organized by the American Folk Art Museum with support provided by Art Bridges. The lecture starts at 2 pm, is free to attend, and admission to the Dixon is also free. Visit @dixonmemphis for more information.

#artbridges #americanperspectives #dixongalleryandgardens #dixonmemphis #artbridges #americanfolkartmuseum

Gallery view of American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection at Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Photo by Louis “Ziggy” Tucker.

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