I find myself sneaking away from my desk and into the Gallery quite a lot lately to take in the splendor of the An American Odyssey exhibition—it is a gem. Each time I enter the Gallery threshold I am particularly struck by the breadth of the collection. The work spans about 150 years of American history and features 30 American painters including Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, Childe Hassam, Frederic Church, and members of the Wyeth and Peale families.

We had a wonderful turnout, and inexplicably, no rain for the September 9 Members’ Reception. What could be better than an amazing exhibition, great food for noshing, (thank you, 12th Street Catering!) and best of all, Jack and Susan Warner traveled from Tuscaloosa AL, for Jack to give an lively and informative talk on his favorite pieces in the collection. You could practically see Jack’s eyes dancing as he talked about his art. Frankly, I think his enthusiasm for collecting contagious. If someone can front me a couple of mil, I’m headed straight to Sotheby’s!

It seems I’m not the only one excited about this exhibition, there’s been a ton of buzz generated in the press, with articles appearing on the front page of the entertainment section of the Philadelphia Inquirer, a big spread in Penn’s Alumni magazine, The Gazette, a mention in the Wall Street Journal as well as an article in ICON magazine, to name a few.

I think the only downside is that the exhibition returns to Jack and Susan’s home in Tuscaloosa once the show closes in November, so this may be the last time these pieces will be shown as a group outside of Alabama. Be sure not to miss it.

Check out our website for details on upcoming lectures and events, especially the lecture by Alexander Kauffman on Oct. 5, the 3rd annual Jack Warner Symposium on American Art on October 21. As always, more info can be found at http://www.upenn.edu/ARG.

And finally, here are some pics from the members opening for your viewing pleasure. See you in the Gallery!

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