Huntington Museum of Art celebrates Daywood Collection | Features/Entertainment

HUNTINGTON – They say you can’t step in the same river twice, and these days you sure can’t step into the same Huntington Museum of Art.

There’s four brand new exhibits now up in the past couple weeks, with the largest, “The Art of Patronage: 50th Anniversary of The Daywood Gift Presented by City National Bank,” set to open from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 with a free reception.

Here’s a look at this epic and historic exhibition, as well as three more new exhibits now up at the Museum, which is located at 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington,

It was in 1967, when The Daywood Collection arrived at the Huntington Museum of Art. The collection included a number of the most important artists who were active in late 19th and early 20th century America, along with many stellar examples by European artists. Three watercolors by Andrew Wyeth, two oil paintings by Childe Hassam (including an example from his renowned “flag” painting series), paintings or prints by all of the members of the group known as “The Eight,” etchings by Rembrandt and Whistler, a watercolor by Winslow Homer, as well as a host of equally impressive art works.

The receipt of the Dayton gift was part of an amazing sequence of events that occurred in the mid-1960s that would forever alter the destiny of the museum. The catalyst for all the good fortune was a grant of $1 million from the Doherty Foundation, a charitable organization whose leadership had ties to Huntington, for the purpose of expanding the museum’s facility. A second stroke of welcome news came when the famed architect Walter Gropius agreed to design the addition to the museum in partnership with his firm, The Architects’ Collaborative.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the collection, the Museum has put together “The Art of Patronage: 50th Anniversary of The Daywood Gift Presented by City National Bank,” an exhibit that runs at HMA from Saturday, Aug. 12 through Feb. 4, 2018. This exhibit is accompanied by a hardcover catalog, which will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

“We are very excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the magnificent Daywood Collection finding its permanent home here at the Huntington Museum of Art,” said Chris Hatten, HMA’s Senior Curator. “These works of art are like old friends and we are eager for the public to see The Daywood Collection installed in the newly renovated Daywood Gallery. We have…

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