All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York

June 6, 2015 @ 8:05 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371

This summer the Museum presents an exhibition that honors Connecticut and New York’s contributions to the history of maritime travel and trade with the exhibition, All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York. On view June 6 through September 20, 2015, All the Sea Knows combines paintings and decorative arts objects from MCNY’s remarkable yet seldom-exhibited maritime art collection with paintings and artifacts drawn from the Florence Griswold Museum’s collection. The exhibition takes its name from Carl Sandburg’s poem “Sea-Wash,” and juxtaposes works of art with salient passages from literature to convey the many and varied ways that Americans have embraced the sea. All the Sea Knows features works by famed nineteenth-century American painters James Bard, James Edward Buttersworth, Thomas Chambers, Edward Moran, Fitz Henry Lane, and many others. Brought together, these paintings reveal the genre of marine art to be as varied as landscape painting.

Co-curated by FGM Curators Amy Kurtz Lansing and Benjamin Colman, All the Sea Knows touches upon broad themes of American life. The marine art and artifacts reveal the economic and social transformation of America in the nineteenth century—a society assuming its place in a wider world, assimilating industrial technology in the transition from sail to steam, and tells the story of packet shipping through portraits of its ships and captains.