New Ac­qui­si­tion


American Fine Art Magazine - - Contributors -

The Mennello Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art in Or­lando, Florida, has re­ceived the largest gift in the mu­seum’s his­tory from founder and col­lec­tor Michael A. Mennello. The do­na­tion in­cludes 14 paint­ings and five sculp­tures, with works by John Sloan, Ge­orge Wesley Bel­lows, Ge­orge Luks, John White Alexan­der, Louis Rit­man, Robert Henri and Josephine Hop­per.

In ad­di­tion to the gift, which comes from Mennello’s pri­vate col­lec­tion, Mennello will also share 20 ex­am­ples of 20th cen­tury painting from his col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can im­pres­sion­ist works as a per­ma­nent loan, in­clud­ing Henry Salem Hubbell’s fa­mous 1930 work Build­ing of the House.

Or­lando mayor Buddy Dyer an­nounced with the gift an ex­tended term agree­ment with the mu­seum, and his sup­port of mu­seum ex­pan­sion to ad­ja­cent city-owned land,al­low­ing it to quadru­ple in size.“for two decades the Mennello Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art’s stead­fast com­mit­ment to pre­sent­ing im­por­tant art and ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic while be­ing ac­ces­si­ble to all has been un­de­ni­able,” Dyer says. “De­spite its mod­est size, it’s a re­mark­able in­sti­tu­tion that truly en­riches Or­lando’s cul­tural land­scape through di­verse pro­grams, an en­vi­able per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, and won­der­fully im­pact­ful vis­it­ing ex­hi­bi­tions.” Sharon Fitzger­ald, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the mu­seum, says Mennello’s do­na­tion “is an ex­cit­ing lead gift that I hope puts us on a strong path to ad­vance­ment as such an ex­pan­sion, con­cep­tual and phys­i­cal, is timely in the mu­seum’s life cy­cle and will place us where we need to be as one of Or­lando’s strong­est cul­tural as­sets.”

Top: Ge­orge Wesley Bel­lows (1882-1925), Cooper’s Lake, Woodstock, 1924. Oil on panel, 303/8 x 443/8 in. Col­lec­tion of the Mennello Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art, 2018. Gift of Michael A. Mennello.

Right: Ge­orge Luks (1867-1933), The Red Dress, 1918/1920. Oil on can­vas, 27 x 22 in. Col­lec­tion of the Mennello Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art, 2018. Gift of Michael A. Mennello.

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