John Rogers: American Stories
Rogers wished to make his sculptures available and affordable to the widest possible audience. He advertised extensively, established a factory for large-scale production, and took great pains to ship the finished pieces intact to locations all over the country. In an era when most Americans had little access to works of art, or even serviceable reproductions, Rogers groups were a commonplace in the homes of the middle and upper class. More than any other artist of his era, Rogers reached Americans en masse, addressing issues that shaped their lives and that defined the American experience.
In addition to forty plasters and bronzes, ephemeral materials from the New-York Historical Society's Library and Print Room such as mail order catalogues, advertisements and stereograph views vividly illustrate how his works were presented and promoted to the public. The exhibition is enriched with a selection of paintings from New-York Historical’s acclaimed collection to show how Rogers carried on the American genre tradition.
|The Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)||February 22–May 15, 2011|
|The Dixon Gallery and Gardens (Memphis, TN)||June 19–October 9, 2011|
|New-York Historical Society (New York, NY)||November 2, 2012–February 18, 2013|
A fully-illustrated catalogue published by Philip Wilson Publishers in association with New-York Historical accompanies the exhibition.
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