The BMA installs four special exhibitions each year. These shows, which embrace a wide range of themes and academic disciplines, are intended to fulfill the BMA's commitment to examining artifacts through an array of viewpoints and differing perspectives.
In the Wake of the Butterfly: James Abbott McNeill Whistler and His Circle in Venice
January 23 - April 4, 2014
As a mature artist, the great American expatriate James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) began using a stylized butterfly in place of a signature to maximize his work’s aesthetic qualities. Whistler’s concern with an immersive visual experience is highlighted in this focus show, which features works on paper from his Venetian series together with related images by Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), Otto Henry Bacher (1856-1909), Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1855-1938), Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), and Clifford Isaac Addams (1876-1942). This exhibition complements Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940, on view concurrently at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery.
To more fully experience this exhibition, you are invited to download a PDF here. In it you will find an interactive map, which will allow you to explore the prints highlighted in these shows and to see images of what the locations captured in these works look like today. You can also listen to audio tours for selected works.
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In the Wake of the Butterfly: James McNeill Whistler and His Circle in Venice