NHA Heads to New York City for The Winter Show

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is presenting its best artwork in New York City as the loan exhibitor at The Winter Show. The Winter Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. A benefit for the East Side House Settlement, the show will take place at the Park Avenue Armory, January 17-27, 2019.

Portrait of african american man
Sampson Dyer, 1802, Spoilum (active ca. 1785–1810), 2013.2.1

The NHA’s exhibition, Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the World, presents the very best in paintings, craft, and folk arts in the NHA collection. The many threads that make up the island’s extraordinary history meet in the association’s collections, which are reflected in the exhibit by spectacular examples of sailors’ scrimshaw, journals from captains’ wives, and art inspired by the whale hunt and sea journeys to the far side of the world. The island’s diverse people, from Native Wampanoag sailors and English settlers to African American businessmen and colorful sea captains, find pride of place in a selection of portraits by such artists as Gilbert Stuart, Eastman Johnson, Elizabeth R. Coffin, Spoilum, and James Hathaway.

The NHA’s appearance in The Winter Show coincides with the 125th anniversary of the association’s founding and the 360th anniversary of the arrival of English settlers. “The Board of Trustees is honored to be the 2019 Loan Exhibitor at The Winter Show,” says Kelly Williams, President of the Board and Chair of the NHA’s Winter Show Advisory Committee. “This forum provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase our treasured collections. Four centuries of aesthetic and cultural heritage are on display in the exhibition.”

Whale’s tooth engraved with a whaling scene.
Engraved whale’s tooth, ca. 1850, William L. Roderick (1826–74), 2017.23.1

 

During the two weeks of the show, the NHA plans a suite of events and programs, including a closing brunch and lecture by Nathaniel Philbrick on The Enduring Power of Moby-Dick, Sunday, January 28, which includes admission to The Winter Show.

The NHA exhibition is made possible with the help of our loyal and generous supporters, who have stepped forward with enthusiasm, and with special thanks to Lucinda Ballard and Michael Lynch, co-chairs of The Winter Show, and their hardworking team.

 

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Read more in our Loan Exhibition Catalogue here

 

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation among all audiences.

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