The Mennello Museum presents Time and Thought: Art of the United States from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Orlando, FL — July 25, 2017

In partnership with the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, the Mennello Museum is proud to present TIME AND THOUGHT: ART OF THE UNITED STATES FROM THE CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM. This exhibition, on view at the Mennello Museum from September 15, 2017 through January 7, 2018, is drawn from the Permanent Collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida and organized by its Curator, Amy Galpin, Ph.D.

Shannon Fitzgerald, Mennello Museum Executive Director, shares: “I am delighted to partner with our colleagues at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College and share part of their collection in a new context that provides enriching opportunities for our community. It is exciting to create a new inspiring narrative about American art – that resonates as timely and thoughtful and as important today as it was when created. The many trajectories of American art history tells us much about our nation and current thought in a particular moment in history and that, as it is in this exhibition, is often expressed best by artists.”

The history of art of the United States is rich and varied. Often seen in comparison to their European counterparts, American artists demonstrated ingenuity as they sought to display power and identity through portraiture, revel in the beauty of their natural surroundings through landscapes, and comment on conflicted and troubling histories in the spaces in between. The artists who are represented in this exhibition serve as key conduits for which time—and specifically American history—is marked.

Amy Galpin, Ph.D. states: “Studying art of the United States can reveal new ideas about American culture, history, and identity. These works can celebrate the American spirit and testify to the talents of great American artist teachers like Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, and John Sloan, but the pictures included in this exhibition can relate to serious issues and events such as class difference, Manifest Destiny, and the American Civil War.”  She continues, “I am thrilled to collaborate with my colleagues at the Mennello Museum of American Art on this project. Together our institutions, and others, can contribute to an enhanced art profile of the region. The Mennello Museum of American Art possesses many treasures of American art, and I am excited about the opportunity to re-think our collection through their dynamic space.”

Moreover, this presentation not only focuses on the technical skill of the artists included but how these individual works represented prevailing concepts and trends during the time in which they were created. The list of artists in this exhibition includes Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, John Kensett, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Grandma Moses, Jacob Lawrence, and Ed Ruscha.

In this exhibition, we are asked to think about time, place, and environment with a literary quote:

“Time and Thought were my surveyors, They laid their courses well.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Song of Nature”


Upcoming Events

Please join The Mennello Museum of American Art in celebration of the opening of TIME AND THOUGHT: ART OF THE UNITED STATES FROM THE CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM.

The City of Orlando, Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art, The Mennello Museum Board of Trustees together with Executive Director, Shannon Fitzgerald, invite you to the opening reception.

Preview & Opening Reception
Friday, September 15

Members-only Preview
5:30–6:30 p.m.

Public Opening Reception
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

First Friday Tour with Exhibition Curator, Dr. Amy Galpin
October 6  |  11 – 11:45 am
Join Rollins College Cornell Fine Arts Museum and Time & Thought Curator, Dr. Amy Galpin, for a whirlwind presentation of concept and art in America’s history.

Arts Lecture & Tour: An evening of reflection with the Curator
November 9  |  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Rollins College Cornell Fine Arts Museum and Time & Thought Curator Dr. Amy Galpin will lead visitors through a stimulating inquiry of her latest exhibition. Dr. Galpin will provide lecture through American Art History and the ideas that propelled America into the art world.

This Exhibition is drawn from the Permanent Collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida and organized by its Curator, Amy Galpin, Ph.D.


 William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Young Woman with Red Flowers,1904, oil on canvas. 24 in x 17 ¾ in. Gift of Gertrude Lundberg Richards Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1967.19.

Childe Hassam (1859-1935), Ironbound, 1896, Oil on Canvas, 30 in x 25 in Gift of Laura and Sigurd Hersloff in memory of their father, Nils Hersloff, Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1957.3

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), Revolt on the Amistad, 1989 Silkscreen on Bainbridge 2-ply, 40 x 32 in., Museum purchase, Wally Findlay Acquisitions Fund, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1995.26 © 2017 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle /Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Guy Carleton Wiggins (1883-1962), Saint-Paul-de-Vence, 1925, Oil on canvas, 25 ¼ in x 30 in. Gift of Anne M. Farr Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1997.10



About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, established in 1998, is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. This intimate cultural gem, located in Loch Haven Cultural Park, is just minutes from downtown Orlando and is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of local philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips.

The Museum includes the largest collection of paintings by self-taught artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977), which was generously donated from the collection of Michael A. Mennello and Marilyn Logsdon Mennello. The museum also presents a series of temporary exhibitions throughout the year with local and nationally renowned American artists.  The museum’s Grounds for Exhibitions currently features two large-scale sculptures by internationally acclaimed artist Alice Aycock through 2018.

For 18 years, The Mennello Museum has provided Orlando and Central Florida―residents and visitors―opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art located on beautiful Lake Formosa that further connects nature, art, and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.

On view now through September 3, The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston:

Opening September 15, Time and Thought: Art of the United States from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum:

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. · ·


The Mennello Museum of American Art is generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida.

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Francesca Ascione
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The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando