October 29, 2015 — April 9, 2016
American artists in the twentieth century were deeply influenced by European modernism. Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection features stellar paintings and sculpture by major American artists Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and others alongside European giants such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. The exhibition examines what chief curator Virginia Mecklenburg describes as a “river of intellectual and artistic commerce that flowed both ways between America and Europe.” Crosscurrents is organized by Mecklenburg and features several gifts to the museum as well as artworks that are rarely seen by the public.
An accompanying catalogue, co-published with D Giles Limited, London, features an essay by Mecklenburg, an introduction by director Betsy Broun, and contributions by curators Karen Lemmey, Joann Moser, and E. Carmen Ramos.
Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Robert Castellini in honor of James Dicke, the Gene Davis Memorial Fund, The James F. Dicke Family Endowment, Tania and Tom Evans, Paula and Peter Lunder, Michael A. and the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello Endowment, the James F. Petersen Charitable Fund in honor of Tania and Tom Evans, and Pam and Scott Ulm.