Now On View

  • Still Life: 1970s Photorealism

    Jan. 24, 2015 — May 3, 2015


    Imagine paintings that look so real that you feel you can walk into the canvas and back in time, or sculptures so lifelike that you want to reach out and interact with the subjects. In the 1970s, a group of primarily American artists including Chuck Close and Duane Hanson decided that art should accurately reflect the world we see around us. Consciously rejecting the prevailing artistic styles of abstraction, Minimalism and the Pop Art of Andy Warhol and others, Photorealists took photographs of commonplace scenes and precisely recreated those worlds in large paintings and sculptures. The artworks that will be on view in this exhibition reflect that passion for hyperrealism and provide today’s audiences with a nostalgic and unflinching journey back in time to life 40 years ago. If you lived through the 1960s and 1970s, these images of diners, muscle cars and street scenes will seem intensely familiar.

    Image credit: John Baeder, Stardust Motel, 1977. Oil on canvas, 58 x 70 in. (147.32 x 177.8 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection. Courtesy of the artist.


    Exhibition Support

    Still Life: 1970s Photorealism. Exhibition organized by the Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund.

    The Currier's presentation of Still Life: 1970s Photorealism is sponsored by Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, the Botnick Family Foundation, M. Christine Dwyer & Michael Huxtable and Dorothea & David Jensen.

    Read the exhibition press release.

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    Focus Exhibit: Through A Director's Eyes: The Collection of Robert "Mac" Doty

    Nov. 26, 2014 — March 20, 2015

    Through a Director’s Eyes: The Collection of Robert “Mac” Doty presents a range of material from our former director's collection: correspondence with artists; original works of art; out of print exhibition catalogs; and some rare books. Check out anewly acquired Neil Welliver print and some small scale works by Richard Anuskiewicz too.

    Robert MacIntyre Doty served as the Director of the Currier Museum of Art from 1977 to 1987. He was instrumental in developing the Museum’s photography collection and focusing acquisition efforts on folk art and contemporary works. The majority of his collection of papers was donated to the museum in 2001. Additional material was donated by his widow Joan Doty in 2014. This is the first time this archival material has been accessible to researchers.