The Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion will host the traveling exhibition “Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts” this fall. The exhibition features more than 70 original works by more than 50 of the country’s most famous artists. Included are works by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Chuck Close, Willem De Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Thomas Moran and more. This exhibit features paintings, watercolors, sculptures, sketches, drawings, photographs, and more in a variety of movements including Impressionism, Realism, Surrealism, Abstract, and Pop Art.
“It’s a rare chance for art lovers and those new to art to see original and famous works by famous artists without ever having to leave South Dakota,” said Cody Henrichs, curator at Visual Arts Center. “It’s also a unique opportunity for art educators to close their art history books and bring their students to see the iconic works of Western art heroes in person.”
The works come from the permanent collection of the Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. The exhibit features paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by a variety of significant artists who have lived and worked in the East Hampton area of Long Island in New York City over the past 140 years. A selection of these works have been curated in a traveling exhibition organized by Guild Hall in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, California.
Founded in 1931, Guild Hall is the premier cultural center for the east end of Long Island, a unique area that has attracted many people of diverse talents such as artists, writers, musicians, actors and directors over the years. They seek and find inspiration in the natural beauty of the landscape, the magnificent light and the endless beaches.
Guild Hall opened to the public in the summer of 1931 as a gift from philanthropist Mrs. Lorenzo E. Woodhouse. He provided East Hampton with an art gallery, a theater and a meeting place – the cultural center at the center of culture. Through donations from artists and patrons, and through acquisition, the Guild Hall has developed an impressive permanent collection which now consists of over 1,900 works in all mediums.
In addition to this future exhibition, the Visual Arts Center offers eight spacious galleries displaying works by local creators and international art legends. The Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is dedicated to building, preserving, and curating its collections for the people of South Dakota and global audiences. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The “Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts” exhibit is made possible in part by sponsors First Bank & Trust and Xcel Energy. The exhibit opens in October, so book your group tour or field trip for this fall today. For more information, please visit WashingtonPavilion.org/Art.