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March Director’s Message


Dear Friends,

Last week we welcomed Sean Scully and his incredible work back to the Wadsworth. It was a delight to see our longtime supporters, members, art world colleagues from as far as London, and our Wadsworth Welcome community come together to celebrate the opening of Sean Scully: Landline. A visit to Landline throughout our 3rd floor special exhibition galleries is an opportunity to engage with the work of one of contemporary abstraction’s titans and come to know the thinking and process that he’s mastered. You can hear from Sean both within the exhibition and throughout the European and American galleries on a new audio tour we’ve crafted, Land Sea Sky, with commentary on works of art by Courbet, Avery, and Scully. The coming months are full of dynamic programs inviting you to forge a deeper connection. Don’t miss an evening of conversation between the artist and our Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, Patricia Hickson, on Monday, March 11.

Some of the pioneers of American abstraction will come on view later this month. Drawn from our exceptional collection of works on paper, Nature Through Their Eyes: American Moderns on Paperopens March 23 in the Morgan building. It follows the revelatory presentation of landscape and cityscape watercolors by Hopper, Marin, Burchfield and others. This time we see the 291 Gallery generation and beyond through their pastels, drawings, and watercolors spanning the 1920s through 1950s.


 Also new in the Morgan building is Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin (2018). It is placed at the intersection of our European Renaissance and post-World War II galleries. Almost five feet high, bright yellow, with a psychedelic pattern of black enamel polka dots, this bronze is quickly becoming a visitor favorite–check this and other posts out on Instagram

Thank you for your enthusiasm for all that we are doing to spark reconnections with sculpture. As we experience sculpture in space, we are constantly reminded of our own presence with it. That energy and connection is so very powerful and there are so many opportunities for each of us at the Wadsworth–outside and in, in works from antiquity to the art of our time.

The entire team at the Wadsworth is working hard to develop a wide range of exceptional encounters with art for everyone. We are energized by your presence here. Thank you for taking time out to recharge.

Looking forward to welcoming you again soon,


Thomas J. Loughman
Director and CEO