Center for Culture: The Bradley Property and the Olmsted Gardens
April 7 – August 11, 2013
The Bradley Olmsted garden will be the focus of this exhibition celebrating the Museum’s 60th Anniversary. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm of Boston, which was founded by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the property’s garden was completed with substantial involvement by homeowner William C. Bradley.
This exhibition will provide a history of the Museum and grounds and their role in the cultural history of the city of Columbus. In addition to the garden, the exhibition will explore the legacy of businessman and philanthropist W.C. Bradley, his home in which the Museum was founded and the Wynnton area in which it is located, and the uses of the Bradley property over the years for such institutions as the public library and the administrative offices of the Columbus school district. It will include a variety of images, blueprints, correspondence, and objects associated with the history of the Museum and grounds, as well as home videos featuring the Bradley family during their ownership of the property.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous funding of SunTrust Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Y. Bradley, Mr. and Mrs. J. Madden Hatcher, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William C. Huff, Mr. and Mrs. Jack B. Key, Jr., Mrs. David G. Lewis, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Alan C. Ramsey, Jr., Mrs. Rose H. Steiner, Mr. and Mrs. Sam M. Wellborn.
Homer in America
March 2 – June 9, 2013
Third Floor Galleries
Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and printmaker. He is recognized as a dominant figure in nineteenth-century American realism. Homer's early work focused upon bustling urban scenes, seasonal leisure time activities, life on the farm, and important people.
From 1860 - 1865 Homer became a field correspondent and he chronicled events leading up to and during the Civil War. His Civil War scenes are among the most powerful and authentic records of Union troop experiences produced. When the war ended, Homer turned his attention to scenes that were a reflection of both his own nationalistic concerns and the post-war nostalgia for America’s past. He explored a variety of subjects, including scenes of rural life, recreational activities, and themes of childhood.
All of Homer's most popular illustrations are included in this exhibition of 125 wood engravings produced over a period of nearly three decades.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous funding of the Hardaway Endowment Fund and Consolidated Columbus Government and Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Parasols, Purses, and Petticoats: Costume Accessories from the Permanent Collection
February 10 – June 2, 2013
Accessories beautify an outfit, but they can also serve other functions. Some are items of utility: capes add warmth and purses hold necessities. Adornments indicate one’s position in society: at times only the wealthy could afford fine jewelry and the latest styles. Some items attract the opposite sex: fans can assist in flirtation. Moreover, objects become family heirlooms that are used by successive generations. Intimate and personal, accessories reveal personal tastes and social standing.
This exhibition draws from the Museum’s extensive costume collection and is the first-ever installation devoted to accessories. Items will include fans, parasols, purses, jewelry, bonnets, capes, shoes, shawls, and foundation garments. There will be examples to try on, and visitors can pick up a guide to pieces in the permanent collection galleries that portray accessories in use.
This exhibit is made possible by the generous funding from Susan T. Edge, Couture Collection.
Shop an Accessories Boutique at the Museum on Friday, March 1!
Shape Shift: Changes in Women’s
Fashion Silhouettes, 1850-1930
Opened May 7, 2011
By the People, For the People, the Museum’s display of art from the permanent collection, includes galleries that feature regularly changing installations.
Costumes from the collection are now on display in the Bradley House Galleries. Shape Shift: Changes in Women’s Fashion Silhouettes, 1850-1930 was curated by Cassandra Lagmay, an intern in the curatorial department. The installation presents seven ensembles, various accessories and periodillustrations.
The term “fashion” refers to popular demand in current styles of clothing and accessories. What is fashionable today will be considered old-fashioned tomorrow. Over time, women’s “fashion silhouettes” -- or shape of popular dress -- have changed to reflect contemporary ideas of identity and beauty. In the 19th century, bodies were sculpted using bustles, corsets and padding in search of the perfect form. The rigid undergarments and heavy cloth conveyed both elegance and proper sophistication. Fashion in the 1910s through the 1930s became more practical for everyday activities. Corsets were no longer fashionable. Popular dress featured a boyish waistline, shorter skirt length, looser fit and showed more skin.
Shape Shift highlights these changing silhouettes and presents how the ideals of beauty transformed over time.