Newark Museum Extends Angels & Tomboys Exhibition until January 20

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Well-received show about depictions of girlhood in 19th century art will remain open for two additional weeks.

Newark Museum visitors and art critics alike have expressed high praise for Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art since it opened in mid-September. In response to the many phone calls from people who have not had the opportunity to see the works that explore the hopes, dreams and fears of girls in the 19th century, the exhibition has been extended two weeks until January 20.

Featuring masterworks by John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Cecilia Beaux and William Merritt Chase, Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art explores the numerous ways artists not only reflected but helped shape cultural and artistic visions of girlhood in the 1800’s.

Organized by Dr. Holly Pyne Connor, Curator of 19th-Century American Art at the Newark Museum, the exhibition is comprised of more than 80 works from the Museum’s renowned American art collection and from other major institutions across the country. After Newark, the exhibition travels to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art from February 16 to May 26, 2013, and to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, from June 28 to September 30, 2013.

Major support for the exhibition and accompanying catalogue has been provided by Johnson & Johnson; National Endowment for the Arts; Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.; Newark Museum Volunteer Organization; and Friends of American Art at the Newark Museum and, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. The exhibition is also supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Narrative paintings by Lilly Martin Spencer, the most important female artist of the mid-century, address her deeply felt views on home, family and the nation during and after the Civil War, while the genre works of Eastman Johnson, John Rogers and Edward Lamson Henry examine issues of race and reconstruction.

Additional artistic highlights include images by Edmund Tarbell and Chase of their daughters dressed up for their portraits or captured unaware in the household; full length portraits by Chase, Frank Benson and Frank Duveneck; and enigmatic and disturbing girlhood images of family members by Chase, Eakins and Seymour Joseph Guy, which reveal the complexity of the artists’ personal responses to the young girls who model for them and who inspired some of their greatest pictures.

“While individual works are analyzed in depth, they are also placed in a rich social, artistic and historical context, which provides multiple avenues for a greater understanding and appreciation of 19th-century girlhood,” said Connor.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major catalogue, co-published by the Newark Museum with Pomegranate Communications, Inc., which includes five illuminating essays by respected scholars in the field of nineteenth-century American art and culture.

For more information, visit the Museum’s web site,


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Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State — a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and other corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.

The Newark Museum is just a few steps from the new NJTransit Light Rail Washington Park Station. Direct connection with the Light Rail at the Broad Street Station and through Penn Station makes the Museum a convenient ride from all points in the region.

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