Sound & Sense: Poetic Musings in American Art

Thomas Dewing, The Days, 1884–86

Sound & Sense: Poetic Musings in American Art
November 14, 2015 – May 15, 2016

Sound & Sense: Poetic Musings in American Art explored the connections between American poetry and painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The exhibition presented a diverse landscape of masterpieces from the museum’s collection that incorporate poetic inscriptions in their composition or have direct relationships to America’s rich poetic traditions.

Featured artworks included paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Rockwell Kent, and Georgia O’Keeffe; sculpture by Daniel Chester French and Isamu Noguchi; as well as ceramics, furniture, and tableware. Throughout the exhibition, objects were paired with verses by celebrated poets such as Herman Melville, Lydia Sigourney, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost.

The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated booklet written by Alyce Perry Englund, former Richard Koopman Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and current Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This exhibition was originally scheduled to conclude April 17, 2016 and was extended through May 15, 2016.

Above: Thomas Dewing (American, 1851-1938), The Days, 1884-86, oil on canvas, Gift of the estates of Louise Cheney and Anne W. Cheney, 1944.328

Exhibition Tours:
Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30 pm
January 30 – February 28, 2016

Related Programs:
February 19, 2016 | Gallery Talk
April 8, 2016 | After Images, Before Words: Art and Poetry in Dialogue
April 9, 2016 | Second Saturdays: Making Sense of Sound

The Magazine Antiques, Winter 2016, Sound and vision: Poetry and American art by Alyce Perry Englund
Hartford Courant, Nov. 25, Atheneum Matches Poets with Artists for ‘Poetic Musings’ Exhibit by Susan Dunne
The New York Times, March 10, Poets Give Voice to Art in ‘Sound & Sense’ at Wadsworth Museum by Susan Hodara