AFA Autumn 2019

Autumn 78 | w museum three paintings included in this show: Childe Hassam’s East Headland, Appledore, Isles of Shoals ; J.O.J. Frost’s The March into Boston from Marblehead, April 16, 1861: There Shall Be No More War ; and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Cedar and Red Maple, Lake George . The exhibition features outstanding examples of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century American furniture made primarily in Philadelphia, New York, and the Boston region, as well as rural New England towns. Each piece reflects the cabinetmaker’s desire to mine familiar traditions and the latest styles and forms from Europe, while also striving to express the new country’s ideals, beliefs, and local tastes. A selection of accompanying American paintings dating primarily from the second half of the nineteenth century reveals the Lynches preference for artists who focused on capturing human interaction with the land and sea, including William Bradford, Robert Salmon, and Thomas Chambers. Other works by Martin Johnson Heade, Frederick Carl Frieseke, and John Singer Sargent ref lect the rapidly evolving sophistication of American art as artists traveled in Europe and South America to find new sources of inspiration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Lonnie Vigil helped revive the traditions of pottery making among the northern New Mexico pueblos. His hand-coiled jars and bowls are notable for their precise, even walls and luminous bodies. Led by the material’s elasticity and tactility, he has said: “I work for the simplest of forms. I allow the clay to do what it wants. The clay speaks.” Lonnie Vigil (b. 1949), Nanbé Owingeh (Nambé O-ween-gé or Nambé Pueblo), Storage jar, 2002. Micaceous ceramic. H. 18, Diam. 21 in. Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection. text contunued from page 70