at the Galleries at the North Hill
865 Central Avenue, Needham, MA 02492
Admission is FREE, and visitors are welcome.
The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9am-6pm. For additional information, including directions, or to verify hours of operation before your visit, please visit their website.
This exhibition, composed of select works from Danforth Art’s Permanent Collection, explores trends in figuration in American Art from the nineteenth century to the present day, tracing how subject and environment changed to reflect the time in which the work was created. Differing modes of representation reveal how artists chose to depict the figure across social, economic, and cultural divides, and provide a vital visual narrative.
Across centuries, artists have found inspiration in the figure, whether it is a model in their studio, a stranger observed on the street, or their own self. A portrait has a way of making a subject seem larger than life, and it is often laden with symbols that are universally recognized. The distinctive academic style that emerged in New England in the late nineteenth century sought to evoke both a sense of a nostalgic past and domestic comfort, and figural representation trended towards quiet, intimate, interior views. This is a sharp contrast to emerging modernist forms in the early twentieth century, concurrent with a growth in population and modernization of urban areas. Works from the first half of the twentieth century prized depictions of everyday life, genre scenes with social realism. Figuration in American Art is often a psychological exploration, with the artist looking at an interior self, often with biting realism. From the idealized to the everyday, this exhibition addresses how changing representations of the figure are reflective of the trajectory of American Art.
The Opening Reception on Wednesday, December 14, from 6 to 8 pm, will celebrate our shared commitment to promoting visual arts. The event will raise funds for Danforth Art and The Art Galleries at North Hill. Your generosity will help these two respected cultural resources provide area residents with opportunities for deeper engagement with art through exhibitions and enrichment programs. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
In 1984, North Hill began a tradition of leadership by offering new senior living opportunities and innovative ways to enhance the lives of people 65 and better. North Hill provides residents with outstanding opportunities to pursue what is important to them, including a full schedule of vibrant exhibitions, art classes, and other creative and cultural offerings. Selections from the Permanent Collection at Danforth Art will be on view in part of the new facilities at North Hill, designed to fully realize their commitment to innovative living.