And That's The Way It Was

Voices from The Permanent Collection

Above (details CW left to right): "Summertime," Edmund Kuehn, 1954, Watercolor on paper; "Victor, Colorado," Adolf Dehn, 1943, Watercolor on paper; "Wheat Harvest," Frank English, Watercolor on paper; "Rustic Decanter #6," Greg Luginbuhl, 2006, Porcelain with microcrystalline glaze

A CMA Original Exhibition Reflecting on "The Way It Was" and

the Changing World Today

This original CMA-produced exhibition, And That’s The Way It Was, is based on the immortal words of Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. as he signed off his nightly broadcast to the nation.  Cronkite saw much of “the way it was” covering events from 1937 to 1981, many of which shaped the nation, including the bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg Trials; combat in the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Beatles musician John Lennon.

With his words in mind, we reflected on the works in our Permanent Collection.  Artists most often voice their thoughts and emotions through their work; some respond to beauty, while others respond to strife.  The works presented here reflect our past, the lives we led in the country or city, the things we saw and experienced from both near and far.  They represent the changing landscape of our environment, from our own inner experiences to the changes in the world around us. 

Walk the exhibition and reflect on the Wheat Harvest by Frank English.  Do you still see, or hear, horses working in the fields, or have they been replaced by large industrial machinery?  Artist Rockwell Kent gave us images of the Depression.  What images were recorded on Wall Street during the financial crisis of 2007 … what is locked in your mind of that time and the changes to the world?  So much has changed, and yet much remains the same. 

Escape now to the bucolic renderings of school days with Honore Carlander’s When School Is Out.  Venture into the deep woods with Mary Nimo Moran’s View of East Hampton and Stow Wengenroth’s Forest Shade.  Can you feel the sun peeking through?  Where does it let your mind wander in time?

What is the one thing in common with all these works? The common theme is one that echoes across time and place, one that heightens emotion and calms the heart at the same time — Hope.  “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts.  That hope always triumphs over experience.  That laughter is the only cure for grief.  And I believe that love is stronger than death,” wrote Robert Fulghum in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  How perfect a reflection.  And That’s The Way It Was….

Admission is $6/adult, $4/senior and student, children 12 and under are free

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