The enduring fascination with the landscapes, seascapes and culture of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa among American artists – and an East Texas collector – is the focus of the Tyler Museum of Art’s next exhibition, Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection.
The exhibition opens to the public Sunday, April 13 and continues through June 29 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Museum members are invited for a sneak peek at Mediterranea during a preview reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the TMA. For more information or to become a TMA member in order to attend, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.
Mediterranea features close to 70 works by acclaimed late 19th- and early 20th- century painters including Frank Duveneck, Charles Caryl Coleman, William Merritt Chase and Elihu Vedder, each offering a uniquely American view of the aspects of nature and culture they believed to define the Mediterranean.
The distinctive flora, the legacy of the Greco-Roman past, and the influence of Christianity and Islam in the region are just a few of the subjects committed to canvas in this unique exploration of the ways American artists understood, interpreted and portrayed Mediterranean culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Mediterranea was organized by the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. The exhibition is made possible through a loan from the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust, an organization devoted to preserving the philanthropic legacy of the late Graham D. Williford (1926-2006), a native of Fairfield, Texas, who spent several decades traveling the globe to compile one of the most extensive collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century American art in the U.S. and helped reintroduce the era to art collectors and scholars worldwide.
Collectors’ Circle Platinum sponsorship for Mediterranea is provided by the Williford Trust, with Collectors’ Circle Gold sponsorship by June and Steve Hillis.
Special events in connection with the exhibition include a series of Saturday afternoon Family Days with free art activities from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 12, May 10 and June 14. A series of Monday Seniors’ Days programs also is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21, May 19 and June 16, featuring guided tours of Mediterranea plus the current photography exhibition Scott M. Lieberman, M.D.: At the Vantage Point at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. each day. Family Day and Seniors’ Day admission is free, and large groups are welcome with prior arrangements. To arrange a group or for more information, call (903) 595-1001 or e-mail email@example.com. Support for Family Day and Seniors’ Day programs is provided by the Robert M. Rogers Foundation.
The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., on the east side of the TJC main campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays and most major holidays). For information, visit www.tylermuseum.org or call (903) 595-1001.