From its inception to the present, the NAD has required all Academicians to donate a representative work to the Academy's collection, and, from 1839 to 1994, the Academy also required Associates to present a portrait of themselves, whether painted by their own hand or that of a fellow artist. Over the decades, this rule has resulted in a distinctive collection of American art that today totals over 8,000 works and includes nearly every major American artist. For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design is the first exhibition to highlight this decisive feature of the collection--the joint presentation of an artist's portrait with his or her diploma works.
Featuring over ninety paintings, the exhibition presents not only a visual document of the Academy's membership but a unique history of American art from 1809 to present.
October 16-January 26.