University Gallery Loans 2 Paintings to a Major Exhibition

A major midwest exhibition “Against the Grain:  Modernism in the Midwest” opens May 15, 2010 at the Massillon Museum in Massillon Ohio featuring two paintings from the Western Illinois University Art Gallery Permanent Collection.

"The Pump" by Gertrude Abercrombie (American, 1909-1977), oil on canvas, 1938; 24" x 30"

"The Pump" by Gertrude Abercrombie (American, 1909-1977), oil on canvas, 1938; 24" x 30"

The two paintings on loan for the exhibition are “Roofs” (Tree Studios) by Romolo Roberti (American, 1896-1988), oil on canvas, 1934; 34″ x 30″ and “The Pump” by Gertrude Abercrombie (American, 1909-1977), oil on canvas, 1938; 24″ x 30″.

"Roofs" (Tree Studios) by Romolo Roberti (American, 1896-1988), oil on canvas, 1934; 34" x 30"

"Roofs" (Tree Studios) by Romolo Roberti (American, 1896-1988), oil on canvas, 1934; 34" x 30"

The two paintings are part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) collection from the “New Deal” era of the 1930s.

“Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest” will show at the Massillon Museum in Masslillon Ohio from May 15–Sept 12, 2010.  Then the show will travel: Nov 4, 2010Jan 9, 2011, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio;  March 5May 29, 2011, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio;  July 20Oct 2, 2011, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin; Nov 2011Jan 2012, South Bend Museum of Art (tentative).

Follow the show on the Massillon Museum blog.

The exhibition is funded by the National Endowment for the Art’s American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius initiative.  The exhibition focuses on the similarities and differences in the development of modernism in the Midwest. These artists were born in, studied or worked in the following states: Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Minnesota. The work produced by the artists between the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and the end of World War II is included. The exhibition focuses on the similarities and differences among the artists as well as their role within the larger American modernist movement.

There are approximately 65 paintings in the exhibition.

The full-color, 120 page catalog will contain three scholarly essays by Dr. Dean A. Porter (Director Emeritus, Snite Museum of Art); Dr. William H. Robinson (Curator of European Modern Art, Cleveland Museum of Art); and Christine Fowler Shearer (Executive Director, Massillon Museum). In-depth biographical information on the artists will also be included.

The Massillon Museum is an art and history museum that is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Christine Fowler Shearer is the Executive Director, Massillon Museum and  Jill Malusky Bacon, is the Educator for the museum.

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