Assembled to accompany Road Trip: America Through the Windshield, the vintage car advertisements in this exhibit span six decades, from 1920 to 1979. They were culled from general interest periodicals, such as Life, Time, and National Geographic, as well as magazines specializing in the auto industry, such as Car & Driver and Road & Track.
Patsy Santo (1893-1975), a Bennington resident for nearly sixty years, was one of many talented self-taught artists—Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses being the most famous—catapulted into the national spotlight in the late 1930s. This exhibition celebrates the recent gift to the museum of six of Santo’s paintings (four of them on view) by Tom and Jennifer Fels, nearly doubling the size of the museum’s collection of this important local artist’s work.
This selection of paintings by Patsy Santo is a well-rounded sampling of his professional career as an artist, both chronologically and in terms of subject matter.
Bennington Museum’s major exhibition of 2014 features the stunning work of two acknowledged masters of the portrait as art. Though separated by one hundred years, the portraits created by the 19th-century itinerant painter Erastus Salisbury Field and the 20th-century master Alice Neel have a remarkable resonance with one another. Examining the artists’ cultural, political and social milieus, as well as the subjects of their paintings and what painting meant to them personally, this exhibition reexamines the relationship between Modernism and its romantic notions of the “folk” in order to bring viewers to a more nuanced understanding of these great artists and their work. Field is represented in the museum's collection by nine portraits, all depicting sitters from Bennington County.
Artists from around the country and the world are invited to submit work to be included in our fifth annual fine art competition, this year juried by Brian Blood, Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club. $7,000 in awards will be given and the representational artwork will be on view and for sale at the Center through the fall.