Featuring over twenty works from the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection in a variety of media, Summer Lovin’ highlights images that resonate with our nostalgic impressions of the summer season. Beginning with Memorial Day at the end of May and ending with Labor Day in September, the summer season is a short-lived time for Americans to recharge and relax. The exhibition presents work by artists from the 18th century to present time that touch on favorite activities of the summer season such as family vacations, visits to the beach, seeing fireworks, picnicking, and taking the time to eat favorite summertime snacks such as ice cream and watermelon. From Winslow Homer’s Harper’s Weekly wood engravings showcasing Victorian era garbed families enjoying the seashore to Anne C. Savedge’s vivid photograph of children splashing in water spraying from a city fountain, each work is a signifier of our traditions of summer. Coinciding with meteorological changes including longer days, shorter nights and warmer temperatures, society decrees summer as a time of rest and takes advantage of the climate to devote to leisure activities. Cooling off with water activities like boating is represented in early 20th century family photographs of boating trips attributed to Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins as well as swimming in John Hardy’s large scale charcoal drawing of a woman toweling off from a swim in Step (Diver’s Series). Steeped deeply in our national culture, summer is also denoted by three major holidays honoring our nation’s troops, our independence and our labor, represented in the exhibition by photorealist Audrey Flack’s collaged still life highlighting familiar symbols representative of the Fourth of July and outsider artist Benny Carter’s Statue of Liberty clock tower. While the hours of summer are fleeting and precious, the memories remain through the exhibited images in Summer Lovin’.
Summer Lovin’, a thematic exhibition from the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection features the following selected artists’ work: Ellen Weatherald Ahrens, Benny Carter, Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins, Eric Fitzpatrick, Audrey Flack, Gordon Grant, John Hardy, Winslow Homer, Elizabeth Macdowell Kenton, Paul Kwilecki, Judith Peto Lieber, Louis Lozowick, Glen McClure, Anne C. Savedge, Walasse Ting, and Theodore Turner among others.
Summer Lovin’: Selections from the Collection is organized by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions, Taubman Museum of Art. This exhibition will be on display May 31– September 20, 2014 in the David R. and Susan S. Goode Gallery.
Home page exhibition image and thumbnail image: Anne C. Savedge, KC Fountain 2000, 2000, Chromogenic photograph, Gift of Anne C. Savedge