Aaron Siskind: Tabernacle City
May 14 – June 16, 2019
The Chris and Bob Cox Gallery
In the 1930s, photographer Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) trained his lens on the architecture of the Methodist Campground cottages in Oak Bluffs. The resulting series, Tabernacle City, is considered one of the first serious studies of the architecture of the Campground as well as an important turning point in Siskind’s career, marking his transition from a documentarian to an abstract photographer. This exhibition showcases a selection of Siskind’s work along with historical stereoviews of the campground.
Benton's Martha's Vineyard
June 28 - August 11, 2019
The Warren and Marilyn Hollinshead Gallery, The Fleischner Family Gallery,
The Chris and Bob Cox Gallery, and The Grain Family Gallery
The first major exhibition on Thomas Hart Benton on Martha’s Vineyard, Benton’s Martha’s Vineyard will also usher in the grand opening of the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven. Beyond Benton’s widespread acclaim and lasting legacy, this exhibition seeks to explore the important role the Island played in Benton’s career as an artist. The Island provided a place of relaxation and rejuvenation for Benton and his family, but it also helped to define his characteristic style. He found inspiration both in the Chilmark landscape but also the people who lived here, saying “It was in Martha’s Vineyard that I first really began an intimate study of the American environment and its people.”
The exhibition will feature works from the Museum's collection as well as loans of artwork and personal effects from individuals and other institutions.