Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100 opens at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis near the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, prior to the opening of the full exhibition at Mint Museum Uptown on November 1. It brings together selected examples of the work of the three most important American artists to draw and paint the construction of the canal, printmaker Joseph Pennell and painters Alson Skinner Clark and Jonas Lie, for the first time. Providing a rich context for these works is a handful of paintings by nineteenth-century American artists including Frederic Church, Martin Johnson Heade, and Louis Remy Mignot, all of whom visited and painted in South America, as well as works by such American artists as Julien Alden Weir, Ernest Lawson, and George Bellows, who painted images of factories and industry in the popular styles of their day. As 2014 marks the centennial of the opening of the canal it provides a perfect opportunity to both reconsider these historic works of art and to reflect upon the canal's impact over the past one hundred years.
Wells Fargo is the lead sponsor of Panama Canal at 100; major support has also been provided by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.
Exhibition organized by The Mint Museum.
Panama Canal at 100 will open in Charlotte on November 1 with new works by contemporary artist Mel Chin, and a fully illustrated catalogue with a short story by best-selling author Anthony Doerr. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has provided generous support for the commission of SEA to SEE by Mel Chin. The catalogue for Panama Canal at 100 was made possible in part by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.