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Reynolda House to Host ‘Americans in Paris’ Free Community Day Saturday, April 29

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 19, 2017) – The lawn of Reynolda will transform into a Paris park for Reynolda House Museum of American Art’s annual free community day April 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Americans in Paris” Community Day will feature hands-on art activities, Morse code souvenirs, dance performances and more.
 
The community day is held in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “Samuel F.B. Morse’s ‘Gallery of the Louvre’ and the Art of Invention,” on view through June 4. The exhibition features Morse’s two greatest creations: the massive 6’x9’ masterpiece “Gallery of the Louvre” and the telegraph. 
 
Among the groves and flowering gardens of Reynolda, visitors will find Parisian refreshments, dance performances and artists working in the museum and en plein air. Activities will include opportunities to send a message to someone via postcard and other means, “be the curator” coloring pages, Morse code-inspired art, and activity cards for the gallery. 
 
Members of the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club will be on site demonstrating Morse code and talking with radio operators around the world throughout the day. Performances will include visual artists from the Sawtooth School for Visual Art painting inside and outside the museum, and dancers from the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet performing in front of the museum at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Other participants include Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and the Wake Forest University Office of Alumni Engagement, who will be collecting food donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank in conjunction with the university’s Pro Humanitate Day. 
 
Reynolda House is grateful to the Terra Foundation for American Art for their generous support of this event. Community Day is sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty. 
 
The event is free, open to the public and all families are welcome. Parking is free, and is available on-site and nearby. Food and drink will be available for purchase from La Vie en Rose and Patriot Pretzel food trucks and Café Gelato. The museum’s custom T-shirt designed for the exhibition will be available for $10. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Well-behaved pets are permitted outdoors. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside the museum. For more information, visit reynoldahouse.org or call 336.758.5150.
 
About the Exhibition
The masterpiece of Samuel F.B. Morse, yes that Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph and namesake Morse code, forms the core of “Samuel F.B. Morse’s ‘Gallery of the Louvre’ and the Art of Invention,” on view at Reynolda House through June 4, 2017. The show includes early telegraph machines from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, 19th-century paintings and prints from Reynolda’s own nationally recognized collection and old master prints from Wake Forest University. Morse’s monumental painting—also his last—was little seen by the public until recently. Reynolda House is the only venue for this exhibition in the southeastern United States. 
 
Long-distance communication was the shared purpose of both Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and his telegraph. Begun while he was living in Paris in 1831, he conceived the painting as a way to introduce European masterpieces to American audiences decades before the founding of art museums in the United States. 
 
The massive six-by-nine foot canvas pictures 38 Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, which Morse considered to be the finest works inside the Louvre. He painstakingly copied in miniature Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and work by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian, and other celebrated artists, then imaginatively “installed” the works in the Louvre’s majestic Salon Carré. His arrangement of the old master miniatures within his own painting was done to demonstrate differences in styles and techniques among the artists. 
 
The painting set a record for an American work of art at the time of its last purchase in 1982: $3.25 million (more than $8.1 million in today’s dollars). In 2015, a national tour commenced, the much-delayed culmination of Morse’s original intent.  
 
“Samuel F.B. Morse’s ‘Gallery of the Louvre’ and the Art of Invention” was organized by and with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Reynolda House Museum of American Art is grateful for support of the exhibition from Major Sponsor Wake Forest Innovation Quarter; Contributing Sponsor the Terra Foundation for American Art; and Exhibition Partners Joia Johnson and Jeff and Sissy Whittington.
 
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 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. Established in 1967 and now affiliated with Wake Forest University, the museum will mark two anniversaries in 2017—the 50th of its founding and the 100th of the completion of its estate—with major exhibitions and events. 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.  
 
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