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Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
Mark D. Mitchell (Project Director: August 2013 to August 2015)
Kathleen Adair Foster (Project Director: August 2015 to present)

Inventing American Still Life, 1800-1960

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and programs about the development of American still life painting.

"Inventing American Still Life, 1800-1960" will present the breadth and diversity--stylistically, culturally, geographically, and chronologically--of still life painting in the United States as it developed over the course of nearly two centuries of artistic practice. This major special exhibition will increase public awareness of this long-lived and still vital American tradition and make a significant scholarly contribution to the field by taking an innovative, humanities-centered approach to the study and display of these works of art. In a dynamic mixed-media presentation of approximately 110 works, the exhibition will explore the nature of American still life painting, the important role that it played in the development of American art, and, more broadly, how it changed over time in response to changes in American cultural and intellectual life.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2014 – 3/31/2016