Past Exhibitions
Animals in Bronze: The Michael and Mary Erlanger Collection of Animalier Bronzes from the Georgia Museum of Art

March 4, 2017 – June 11, 2017
Appealing to art connoisseurs and animal lovers alike, this collection of 46 small bronze sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries encompasses all manifestations of the animalier movement. The exhibition moves from the romantic wild beasts of the inventor of the genre, Antoine-Louis Barye, to the horses and domestic animals that were favored by some of his most important followers, Jules Mene and Rosa Bonheur. It also includes important examples of animal art by 20th-century American artists Herbert Haseltine and Charles Russell, as well as by emerging contemporary artists.

This exhibition comes to the Arkell from The Georgia Museum of Art.

Bronze sculpture of a young elephant in mid stride
Elephant of Senegal
Antoine-Louis Barye
Canada Lake Portraits: Animal Prints, Drawings, and Paintings by American Artist Paul Bransom from the Arkell Museum Collection

March 4, 2017 - June 11, 2017

Summer resident of Canada Lake and renowned illustrator Paul Bransom was known as the "Dean of Animal Artists" for his detailed and sensitive renderings of the animal kingdom. The exhibition of more than twenty pieces by Bransom from the Arkell Collection is accompanied by a view of the artist's lake by his friend Charles Sarka and a portrait of the artist attributed to Bill Scott. Those familiar with the Adirondacks will recognize the flora and fauna of their beloved mountains, and those who have not had the chance to visit will begin planning a trip.

A painting of brown otter resting atop a boulder in the middle of a green flowing river
Otter in Stream (detail)
Paul Bransom
ca. 1960
Looking Backwards: The Politics and Art of Judge Magazine

November 5, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Political cartoons from the 19th century both reflected and influenced the sentiments of voters. Judge magazine was purchased by William J. Arkell on December 4, 1885 with the plan of using the publication to promote Republican causes and politicians. Before signing this purchase agreement Arkell recruited Bernhard Gillam and Eugene Zimmerman away from the more Democratic-leaning Puck magazine.


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