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MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Invited to Preview Major Exhibition ‘Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage’ at Reynolda House Museum of American Art

WHAT
Media are invited to preview “Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage” one day before it opens to the public. The exhibition highlights the work of one of the 19th century’s most famous artists known for his dazzling and grand landscapes. Members of the media are invited to the museum to view more than 50 of Church’s works of art, talk with curators and enjoy a light Mediterranean brunch. 
 
Brunch will be prepared by Syrian Cuisine WS, a local catering company started by chefs Aisha and Mohammad who arrived in Winston-Salem with their five children in May 2016 on refugee visas granted by the U.S. government. 
 
WHEN
Thursday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-noon   
 
WHERE
Reynolda House Museum of American Art 
2250 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106
 
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES 
Photographers and videographers will be invited one at a time to shoot without flash in the exhibition gallery. In some spaces, tripods and auxiliary lighting will not be allowed due to the fragility of the works of art. High-resolution image files are available upon request. 
 
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
• Ken Myers - Curator of American Art and Head of the Department of American Art at the Detroit Institute of the Arts; curator of the exhibition
• Allison Slaby - Reynolda House Curator; coordinating curator of the exhibition
• Phil Archer – Betsy Main Babcock Director of Program & Interpretation at Reynolda House
 
RSVP
RSVP to Sarah Smith: 336.758.5524, smithsr@reynoldahouse.org, @SarahatReynolda on Twitter.
 
SHARE & TAG
#FredericChurch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
 
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Frederic Church specialized in the production of dramatic, large-scale views of well-known but remote places which few members of his public had seen for themselves, such as “The Andes of Ecuador” in Reynolda’s collection, painted after a trip to South America in 1853. Church was the first major American painter to visit either the Near East or Greece, and he had good reason to believe that his views of the area would be well received in the art market.
 
But Church had other, more private reasons for wanting to make this exotic trip. Created in the aftermath of the Civil War, these paintings show Church turning his attention from nature to history, focusing on the rise and fall of civilizations as a way of dealing with loss that was both national and personal. In his paintings of ancient cities and temples, we can see Church’s struggle to make sense of the tragedies of human life and history. The power of these landscapes derives from their ability to express both awe at the apparently inhumane power of nature and a consoling faith in the presence of the divine.
 
Reynolda House is one of only three venues for the exhibition, which was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Morning, afternoon and evening tickets are available; advance purchase is recommended at reynoldahouse.org/church.