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Title:
America's art museums : a traveler's guide to great collections large and small
Author:
Loebl, Suzanne.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
426 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780393320060
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Summary

Much more than a simply practical guide, this book is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour not only of this country's great museums but also of the history of art in America. Suzanne Loebl is the perfect, passionate companion, as she takes you from the august halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the intimate galleries of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, from the breathtaking gardens surrounding the Huntington in San Marino, California, to the Hispanic Heritage Wing of the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She gives you a tour of the physical space and the museum's most beloved or noteworthy works, and an overview of how both the collection and the building came to be--fascinating histories of personal taste, serendipity, civic pride, and astute management. The book includes the essential information about hours, location, and activities for children at each museum as well as a convenient index to collection strengths.


Author Notes

Suzanne Lobel lives in Brooklyn, New York


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

International and domestic tourists will appreciate Suzanne Loebl's America's Art Museums: A Traveler's Guide to Great Collections Large and Small. Organized by state, the book covers everything from Arizona's Fleischer Museum, specializing in the California School of American Impressionism, and Harvard's Arthur M. Sackler Museum, featuring Asian art, to the Studio Museum in Harlem, with important African-American, African and Caribbean work, and the Toledo Museum of Art, with an impressive glass collection from the ages. New York's, Chicago's and the universities' heavyweights of course receive their due. Each entry includes all necessary practical information, including activities for children and, in several friendly but pithy paragraphs, Loebl offers her impressions of the collections, services and facilities. Many entries include a photograph of a museum or artwork. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

America is abundantly blessed with art museums (some 1300 altogether), whether as large as the Getty Center in Los Angeles or as small as the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, ME. Educational as well as practical, this guide to 158 museums in 39 states provides vital information on each museum's history and the often peculiar methods by which they were established; it also explains in depth how each museum's collection grew over time. Loebl (At the Mercy of Strangers: Growing Up on the Edge of the Holocaust) has arranged her work geographically by state and then alphabetically by town and museum and includes photographs of many of the museums or artwork and her own refreshingly frank thoughts on some schools of art. She also includes a most enjoyable chapter on how to introduce children to the world of art, highlighting the museums that have areas devoted exclusively to hands-on activities for kids. Clearly not a comprehensive guide to every art museum in the country, this lovely work is nevertheless a reader-friendly introduction to some of America's greatest museums and makes for a welcome addition to both high school and public libraries. Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 13
Illustration Creditsp. 15
Bibliographyp. 21
Introduction: The Passionate Sightseerp. 23
Samuel H. Kress and His Gift to the American Publicp. 31
How to Visit a Museum with Childrenp. 35
Alabama
Birmingham
Birmingham Museum of Artp. 41
Arizona
Phoenix
Fleischer Museump. 44
The Heard Museump. 45
Phoenix Art Museump. 48
Tucson
Tucson Museum of Artp. 50
Arkansas
Little Rock
Arkansas Arts Centerp. 52
California
Berkeley
University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archivep. 54
Los Angeles
The J. Paul Getty Museump. 56
The Getty Villap. 57
The Getty Centerp. 58
Los Angeles County Museum of Artp. 60
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angelesp. 63
Oakland
The Oakland Museum of Californiap. 65
Pasadena
Norton Simon Museump. 68
Pacific Asia Museump. 71
Sacramento
Crocker Art Museump. 74
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Artp. 77
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diegop. 79
Timken Museum of Artp. 82
San Francisco
The Asian Art Museump. 85
The Fine Arts Museums of San Franciscop. 87
The California Palace of the Legion of Honorp. 87
The M. H. de Young Memorial Museump. 91
San Francisco Museum of Modern Artp. 93
San Marino
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardensp. 96
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Artp. 99
Stanford
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Artsp. 102
Colorado
Denver
Denver Art Museump. 105
Connecticut
Hartford
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Artp. 108
New Britain
New Britain Museum of American Artp. 111
New Haven
The Yale Center for British Artp. 113
Yale University Art Galleryp. 116
Delaware
Wilmington
Delaware Art Museump. 118
District of Columbia (Washington, D. C.)
The Corcoran Gallery of Artp. 121
Dumbarton Oaksp. 123
National Gallery of Artp. 125
National Museum of Women in the Artsp. 128
The Phillips Collectionp. 130
The Smithsonian Institutionp. 133
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Galleryp. 134
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardenp. 136
National Museum of African Artp. 138
Smithsonian American Art Museum (formerly the National Museum of American Art) and Renwick Galleryp. 140
Florida
Miami Region
Bass Museum of Artp. 142
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miamip. 143
Museum of Contemporary Artp. 145
St. Petersburg
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburgp. 146
Salvador Dali Museump. 148
Sarasota
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Artp. 150
Tampa
Tampa Museum of Artp. 153
West Palm Beach
Norton Museum of Artp. 154
Winter Park
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Artp. 156
Georgia
Atlanta
High Museum of Artp. 158
Savannah
Telfair Museum of Artp. 161
Illinois
Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicagop. 163
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Artp. 166
The Terra Museum of American Artp. 167
Indiana
Indianapolis
Indianapolis Museum of Artp. 169
Iowa
Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Museum of Artp. 172
Des Moines
Des Moines Art Centerp. 174
Kansas
Wichita
Wichita Art Museump. 177
Kentucky
Louisville
The Speed Art Museump. 180
Louisiana
New Orleans
New Orleans Museum of Artp. 183
Maine
Brunswick
Bowdoin College Museum of Artp. 186
Portland
Portland Museum of Artp. 188
Rockland
The Farnsworth Art Museump. 190
Waterville
Colby College Museum of Artp. 193
Maryland
Baltimore
The Baltimore Museum of Artp. 195
The Walters Art Museump. 198
Massachusetts
Boston
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museump. 202
Museum of Fine Arts, Bostonp. 205
Cambridge
Harvard University Art Museumsp. 208
Fogg Art Museump. 209
Busch-Reisinger Museump. 211
Arthur M. Sackler Museump. 212
North Adams
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Artp. 213
Northampton
Smith College Museum of Artp. 215
Pittsfield
The Berkshire Museump. 217
Springfield
Springfield Museumsp. 219
Stockbridge
The Norman Rockwell Museump. 221
Williamstown
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institutep. 223
Williams College Museum of Artp. 226
Worcester
Worcester Art Museump. 228
Michigan
Bloomfield Hills
Cranbrook Art Museump. 230
Detroit
The Detroit Institute of Artsp. 233
Minnesota
Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Institute of Artsp. 236
Walker Art Centerp. 238
The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museump. 240
Missouri
Kansas City
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Artp. 242
St. Louis
Saint Louis Art Museump. 244
Washington University Gallery of Artp. 246
Nebraska
Omaha
Joslyn Art Museump. 249
New Hampshire
Hanover
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth Collegep. 251
New Jersey
Montclair
Montclair Art Museump. 253
Newark
The Newark Museump. 255
New Mexico
Santa Fe
Georgia O'Keeffe Museump. 258
Museum of New Mexicop. 259
Museum of Indian Arts and Culturep. 260
Museum of International Folk Artp. 262
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fep. 264
New York
Buffalo
Albright-Knox Art Galleryp. 265
Glens Falls
The Hyde Collection Art Museump. 269
New York City
The Asia Societyp. 271
Brooklyn Museum of Artp. 273
The Cloistersp. 276
The Frick Collectionp. 278
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museump. 281
The Hispanic Society of Americap. 285
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museump. 287
The Jewish Museump. 289
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Artp. 291
The Metropolitan Museum of Artp. 293
The Museum of Modern Artp. 297
The New-York Historical Societyp. 301
The Pierpont Morgan Libraryp. 303
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centerp. 306
The Studio Museum in Harlemp. 308
Whitney Museum of American Artp. 310
Purchase
The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardensp. 312
The Neuberger Museum of Artp. 313
Rochester
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochesterp. 315
Utica
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Artp. 318
North Carolina
Raleigh
The North Carolina Museum of Artp. 320
Ohio
Cincinnati
Cincinnati Art Museump. 322
The Taft Museum of Artp. 325
Cleveland
Cleveland Museum of Artp. 327
Columbus
Columbus Museum of Artp. 329
Toledo
Toledo Museum of Artp. 332
Youngstown
The Butler Institute of American Artp. 334
Oklahoma
Norman
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Artp. 336
Tulsa
The Philbrook Museum of Artp. 339
Thomas Gilcrease Museump. 341
Oregon
Portland
Portland Art Museump. 343
Pennsylvania
Allentown
Allentown Art Museump. 346
Chadds Ford
Brandywine River Museump. 348
Merion
The Barnes Foundationp. 351
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Artsp. 353
Philadelphia Museum of Artp. 355
Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museum of Artp. 358
The Andy Warhol Museump. 360
Rhode Island
Providence
The Rhode Island School of Design Museump. 363
South Carolina
Charleston
Gibbes Museum of Artp. 366
Columbia
Columbia Museum of Artp. 368
Tennessee
Memphis
The Dixon Galleries and Gardensp. 370
Memphis Brooks Museum of Artp. 372
Texas
Dallas
Dallas Museum of Artp. 374
El Paso
El Paso Museum of Artp. 376
Fort Worth
Amon Carter Museump. 378
Kimbell Art Museump. 380
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worthp. 383
Houston
The Menil Collectionp. 385
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houstonp. 388
San Antonio
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museump. 390
San Antonio Museum of Fine Artsp. 392
Vermont
Bennington
The Bennington Museump. 395
Virginia
Norfolk
The Chrysler Museum of Artp. 397
Richmond
Virginia Museum of Fine Artsp. 400
Williamsburg
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museump. 402
Washington
Seattle
Frye Art Museump. 404
Henry Art Galleryp. 406
Seattle Art Museump. 407
Tacoma
Tacoma Art Museump. 411
Wisconsin
Milwaukee
Milwaukee Art Museump. 413
Index of Collection Strengthsp. 417