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Gallery Talk: American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light

A watercolor seascape featuring strokes of color in shades of blue, green, yellow, red, pink, and gray, over a white background.
John Marin, American, Seascape, 1914. Watercolor over graphite on heavy white wove paper; some color applied and worked with a tool and fingers. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of James N. Rosenberg, 1950.48. © Estate of John Marin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join Erica Lawton for a closer look at a selection of artworks in the exhibition American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light, on view from May 20 to August 13, 2023. Lawton will share insights about the museums’ collection of American watercolors from the mid- to late 20th century, focusing on a selection of drawings that reveal how this practice evolved into a new contemporary American medium.

American Watercolors, 1880–1990 presents more than a hundred compelling and rarely seen watercolors by both well-known and historically underrepresented American artists selected from the Harvard Art Museums’ deep and diverse holdings. Discover how watercolorists leveraged the imaginative and experimental capacity of the medium to create marvelously diverse works over more than a century.

Led by:
Erica Lawton, Staff Assistant, Division of European and American Art

Talks are limited to 18 people, and registration is required. You can register by clicking on the event on this form, beginning at 10am the day of the talk. If required, visitors will pay the museum admission fee upon arrival.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.

Please visit the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

Support for American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light is provided by the Alexander S., Robert L., and Bruce A. Beal Exhibition Fund, the William Amory Fund, the Rabb Family Exhibitions Fund, and an anonymous donor. Related programming is supported by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series Endowment Fund. This catalogue was made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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