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Oct 23, 2016 - Oct 28, 2019 Scott Galleries, Fielding Wing

Becoming America: Becoming America: Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection

Becoming America: Becoming America: Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection

 

Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing

OPEN OCT. 22

 

Press Release

 

Expansion of the Scott Galleries adds eight new rooms for the display of American art

A beautiful new addition to the Scott Galleries makes its debut on Oct. 22 with the opening of the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing. Named after the lead donors for the $10.3 million building project, the Fielding Wing was designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners and includes eight new rooms for the display of art. A stately glass entrance on the south side of the building mirrors the one on the north side, drawing visitors in from the main pathways in the central gardens. This new entrance, along with a reconfiguration of some of the rooms of the existing building, improves visitor flow and makes entering the galleries more inviting and intuitive.

 


Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Collecting

Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Collecting

Oct. 14, 2016 - Jonathan and Karin Fielding talk about what they collect and why and their interest in the pieces with respect to how they were made and how they were used. Their focus: American ingenuity manifested in American art made for utilitarian purposes by craftspeople in rural New England from the 18th through 19th centuries.

Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Portrait of the Caverly Family Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Portrait of Albert G. Gilman

Portrait of the Caverly Family

Portrait of Albert G. Gilman

   
Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Tall Case Clock Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: 1776 Pocketbook

Tall Case Clock

1776 Pocketbook

   
Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Sheldon Peck Portrait  

Sheldon Peck Portrait

 

 

An inaugural exhibition will showcase more than 200 works from the Fieldings’ collection of 18th- and early 19th-century American art works, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metal, needlework, and other related decorative arts. Some of the objects are promised gifts to The Huntington. In its rich diversity, the Fielding Collection offers a rare opportunity to explore early American history through objects made for daily use and through images of the people who used them.

 

With this expansion of the Scott Galleries (the third since 2009), The Huntington is now home to one of the largest displays of historical American art in the Western United States. 

 

Preview events are scheduled for Members and the Society of Fellows.

 

Highlights from the Collection

Sheldon Peck (1797–1868), Portrait of Samuel and Eunice Judkins, Ulster County, New York, ca. 1834, oil on wood panel, 23 × 30 × 1 1/2 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Sheldon Peck (1797–1868), Portrait of Samuel and Eunice Judkins, Ulster County, New York, ca. 1834, oil on wood panel, 23 × 30 × 1 1/2 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

 


Joseph Proctor (attributed, active, 1860), Still Life with a Basket of Fruit, Flowers and Cornucopia, 19th century, oil on canvas, 46 × 48 × 1 1/2 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Joseph Proctor (attributed, active, 1860), Still Life with a Basket of Fruit, Flowers and Cornucopia, 19th century, oil on canvas, 46 × 48 × 1 1/2 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

 


Eliphalet Chapin (1741–1807, attributed), Chippendale Carved Cherry Wood Bonnet‑Top Highboy, ca. 1774, cherry wood with eastern white pine and yellow pine, and brass, 86 1/2 × 39 × 20 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Eliphalet Chapin (1741–1807, attributed), Chippendale Carved Cherry Wood Bonnet‑Top Highboy, ca. 1774, cherry wood with eastern white pine and yellow pine, and brass, 86 1/2 × 39 × 20 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

 


Unattributed, Windsor Low Back Settee, ca. 1760–1780, wood with black and green paint, 30 × 81 × 24 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Unattributed, Windsor Low Back Settee, ca. 1760–1780, wood with black and green paint, 30 × 81 × 24 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

 


Unattributed, Pair of Canvas Work Pockets, ca. 1775, wool, linen and cotton canvas, 20 × 26 × 1 1/2 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Unattributed, Pair of Canvas Work Pockets, ca. 1775, wool, linen and cotton canvas, 20 × 26 × 1 1/2 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

 


Riley Whiting, Tall Case Clock, ca. 1820, pine, glass and paint, 88 × 18 1/2 × 11 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Riley Whiting, Tall Case Clock, ca. 1820, pine, glass and paint, 88 × 18 1/2 × 11 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

 


Rendering of the exterior of The Huntington’s latest expansion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing, set to open to the public on October 22, 2016. The new entrance faces a path leading from the Huntington Art Gallery through the Shakespeare Garden. Frederick Fisher and Partners.

Rendering of the exterior of The Huntington’s latest expansion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing, set to open to the public on October 22, 2016. The new entrance faces a path leading from the Huntington Art Gallery through the Shakespeare Garden. Frederick Fisher and Partners.

 

The Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing was made possible by a lead gift from Jonathan and Karin Fielding and the generosity of the following donors: The Ahmanson Foundation, Robert N. Essick, The Fletcher Jones Foundation, Sharon and John Light, Margot and Mitch Milias, Lisa and Tim Sloan, and David and Joan Traitel, with additional support from Nancy Berman and Alan Bloch, The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, Maribeth and Hal Borthwick, and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

 

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