To Know the Dark: American Artists’ Visions of Night
Tuesday, August 22, 2006–Monday, January 22, 2007
This exhibition explores that evocative period from dusk to dawn in the works of 19th- and 20th-century American artists, among them Robert Adams, Ralph Albert Blakelock, Oscar Bluemner, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Yvonne Jacquette. Artists’ visions of night—offering intimations of suspense, mystery, romance, fantasy, fear, despair, and hope—are as much psychological explorations of the mind as they are transcriptions of the external world. Accompanied by quotations from literature, including the poem by Wendell Berry that provides the title for this show, the exhibition invites visitors to consider how night has been variously interpreted in images and words.
Exhibition organized by Helen A. Cooper, the Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Robin Jaffee Frank, the Alice and Allan Kaplan Senior Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery. Supported by the Friends of American Arts at Yale, the Eugénie Prendergast Fund for American Art given by Jan and Warren Adelson, and an endowment made possible by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.