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Reading Public Museum: Across the Atlantic

Art Bridges supported the touring exhibition, Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens. The exhibition was organized by the Reading Public Museum and traveled to six venues beginning in 2019.

Garber American
Daniel Garber, American, 1880 – 1958, Goat Hill, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 inches, Museum Purchase, Reading Public Museum, 1930.131.1

This extraordinary exhibition, drawn mostly from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century in France. The show examines the sometimes complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed.

More than sixty-five paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the “new style” of painting which developed at the end of the nineteenth century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life, including both urban and rural settings. The artists began to paint outdoors and capture the different effects of light during different times of day and seasons of the year.

You can learn more about the exhibition and tour on the Reading Public Museum’s website.

Art Bridges support includes:

  • Exhibition Project – Support for in-gallery didactics.
  • Convening Project – Reading Public Museum and Art Bridges will co-facilitate a 3-day convening for staff from all venues to plan programming and engagement across the entire tour.
  • Programming & Evaluation Project – At Reading Public Museum, support includes interactive art stations for children in the galleries, weekend activity carts, a speaker series, en plein air painting workshops, and a planetarium program.  Each subsequent venue is eligible to apply individually for funds to carry out their extraordinary plans for deep engagement with this exhibition.