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Reynolda House Museum of American Art to Host 'The Finest Eye: A Symposium on Frederic Church' April 21, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, NC—Reynolda House Museum of American Art will host The Finest Eye: A Symposium on Frederic Church, featuring three of the country’s top authorities on America’s most popular artist of the mid-19th century. The symposium, scheduled for Saturday, April 21 from 1 to 5 p.m., is in conjunction with the museum’s presentation of "Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage," which will be on view Feb. 9 through May 13, 2018. The exhibition is the first to explore Church’s paintings inspired by his travels to the Middle East and the Mediterranean and includes more than 50 paintings, oil studies, and drawings from the late 1860s through the early 1880s.

The featured speakers will place Church’s paintings and travels within a broad interdisciplinary context, drawing upon history, science, religious studies, and literature. Among the distinguished participants is the curator of the exhibition, Dr. Kenneth Myers, curator of American art at Detroit Institute of Arts. A cultural historian specializing in American landscape painting and the history of arts patronage, Myers has written extensively on Frederic Church and Church’s teacher Thomas Cole. He will provide insight into Church’s life and career with particular focus on the artist’s understanding of the relationship between religious truth and scientific truth.

Dr. Jennifer Raab, author and professor at Yale University, will address Church's travels through the Middle East as well as the Persian-styled home, Olana, which Church built in New York upon his return. Raab’s books on the artist include “Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail,” Yale University Press, 2015.

Dr. Timothy Barringer, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming "Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings," will complete the panel of speakers. His talk will examine the relationship between Frederic Church’s major works and the art criticism of John Ruskin. Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of British Art and chair of the history of art department at Yale University.

A ticket to the symposium includes admission to the museum, exhibition, and reception. Tickets are $30 for non-members, $15 for members and students. For tickets and a complete calendar of upcoming events, including three additional talks on Frederic Church, please visit reynoldahouse.org/church.

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About Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is recognized as a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions. The museum, which opened in 1967, presents an exceptional collection of art by America’s most noted artists in an incomparable setting:  the 1917 country home of Katharine and Richard Joshua (R. J.) Reynolds. Spanning 250 years of painting, prints, sculpture, photography and video art, the collection has been guided with the prescient and unerring eye of Barbara Babcock Millhouse, granddaughter of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds. Highlights include important works by Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Chuck Close, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Martin Johnson Heade, Lee Krasner, Georgia O’Keeffe, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear, Gilbert Stuart and Grant Wood. In addition to its collection of fine art, Reynolda House holds decorative arts and estate archive collections and mounts exhibitions from all periods in the 2005 Charles and Mary Babcock Wing. The complete Reynolda experience includes Reynolda Gardens, composed of formal gardens, walking trails and wetlands, and Reynolda Village, now an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants in many of the estate’s original buildings. For more information, please visit reynoldahouse.org.