Saturday, April 1, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Symposium: Samuel F.B. Morse and the Transmission of Culture
Free for Wake Forest. This event, featuring Dr. Paul Staiti of Mount Ho-
lyoke College, Dr. Alexander Nemerov of Stanford University, and John
Curley of Wake Forest, will explore the cultural and educational ambitions
behind Samuel Morse’s monumental gallery painting of the Musée du
Louvre. In partnership with Wake Forest University’s engaged humanities
initiative, highlights from the afternoon will be shared on social media
using the hashtag #RHMorse.
Sunday, April 9, 3:00 p.m.
Lecture: “James Fenimore Cooper at the Louvre: The American Writer and
the Museum World” by Dr. Barry Maine, professor of English at Wake
Forest. Free for Wake Forest
Off the Wall: Postmodern Art at Reynolda currently on view!
This exhibition of postmodern art from Reynolda House’s collection is
currently on view in the West Bedroom gallery in the historic house. Off
the Wall includes works of art that are rarely on view and some that have
never been exhibited before, from artists like Red Grooms, Thornton Dial,
Sr., and Louise Nevelson.
Major works on loan
Two of Reynolda’s masterpieces have recently been on the road!
Our Stuart Davis, For Internal Use Only (1945), recently traveled to the
Whitney Museum in New York and is currently on view at the National
Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as a part of a retrospective of the
artist’s work titled Stuart Davis: In Full Swing. For Internal Use Only will
then travel to the De Young Museum in San Francisco and to the Crystal
Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, returning to
Reynolda House at the beginning of 2018.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Pool in the Woods, Lake George (1922) just returned to
us from the Tate London, where the pastel was part of a major retrospec-
tive of the artist’s work. Pool in the Woods will be leaving soon, though, to
be shown in Brooklyn Museum’s upcoming show Georgia O’Keeffe: Living
Modern, which opens this March. This landmark exhibition will present a
completely new perspective on the unified modernist aesthetic of
O’Keeffe’s dress and art through paintings, photographs, and selected
items from her personal wardrobe. The O’Keeffe will be back in August, as
this awe-inspiring show’s next venue will be your very own Reynolda
House, the only venue south of New York.
Admission is Free for Faculty and Staff
Reminder that
general admission
to Reynolda
House Museum of
American Art is
free for faculty
and staff, plus one
guest! In addition,
many programs
throughout the
year are also free
to Wake Forest
faculty. Please
consult the Muse-
um’s calendar to identify these programs and more. Follow us on Face-
book, Twitter, and Instagram to always stay up to date with Reynolda
New Exhibition Opening: Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre
and the Art of Invention, February 17 June 4, 2017
Reynolda House Museum of American Art will welcome an American
masterwork for this exhibition, Samuel F.B. Morse’s (yes, that Morse)
Gallery of the Louvre (1831-1833). Created when the artist was living
and working in Paris, the painting represents the famed Salon Carré in
the Musée du Louvre in a monumental canvas—six feet by nine feet.
At Reynolda House, the painting will be joined by early telegraph ma-
chines from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History,
old master prints from Wake Forest University’s collection, and works
from Reynolda House’s nationally recognized collection of nineteenth
century paintings and prints. For ticket information and events that
are free for WFU faculty, visit
Faculty Opportunity! Decoding Morse
Join the Humanities Institute for a cross-disciplinary conversation and
viewing of Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre on Friday, Febru-
ary 24 at 3 p.m. at Reynolda House. Moderated by Dr. Morna O’Neill,
this event represents a collaboration between Reynolda House and
the Humanities Institute where faculty across all disciplines can dis-
cuss complex themes such as the relationship between art and sci-
ence, literature and theatre, geography and mapping, invention and
technology, and religion through Morse’s six-by-nine foot masterwork.
Space is limited, so sign up now at
decodingmorse for a winter afternoon of great art, stimulating conver-
sation, and refreshments!
More Morse Save-the-Dates
Thursday, March 2, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture: “Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s
Architectural Gilded Age” with author Margot Ellis
Members/students $10, non-members $15
Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture: “The Early Modern Museum: An Empire of Things,”
The Biennial Clonts Lecture with Paula Findlen
Admission is free; registration is requested at
morse. The Clonts Lecture is offered every other year honoring Forrest
W. Clonts, former Wake Forest University professor of history, and is
sponsored by his family. This event is sponsored by the Department of
History of Wake Forest University.
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