I spend much of my days working on future exhibitions. At any time, we are in the midst of many projects, each of them at a different point of evolution. For a complex show like Pissarro’s People, the planning takes many years and involves scores of people. Seeing such a show come together—and being part of the team that turns a curator’s idea into a physical reality—is incredibly rewarding. Smaller exhibitions may not take as much time, but each of them presents their own challenges as we shepherd them to fruition.
This weekend we are opening three exciting exhibitions. For many of us, this is the culminating moment of a tremendous amount of work—and we feel proud and thrilled to open the doors and invite the public in. This summer we will be offering our visitors three great exhibition experiences. Even as I go back to my daily concerns of chasing down details for shows that open six, twelve, twenty-four, or more months from now, I’ll relish those moments I can escape to the galleries to enjoy three “finished” projects.
Here’s just a sneak peek at what you’ll see in the Pissarro’s People exhibition:
See you in the galleries!
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903), The Marketplace, 1882. Gouache on paper,
31 3/4 x 25 1/2 in. (80.6 x 64.8 cm). Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Private collection, L.1984.54.1
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903), Haymakers, Evening, Éragny, 1893. Oil on canvas, 21 3/8 x 25 3/4 in. (54 x 65 cm). Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska. Endowment Fund Purchase, JAM1946.28
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903), Self-Portrait, 1873. Oil on canvas, 22 x 18 5/16 in. (56 x 46.5 cm). Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Gift of Paul-Émile Pissarro, 1930, RF 2837
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903), The Harvest, 1882. Tempera on canvas, 27 11/16 x 49 9/16 in. (70.3 x 126 cm). The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Donated by the heirs of Mr. Kojiro Matsukata, P.1984-3
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903), Jeanne Pissarro, called Minette, Sitting in the Garden, Pontoise, c.1872. Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 23 5/8 in. (73 x 60 cm). Private collection