February 15 – June 7, 2020
John Singleton Copley, Paul Revere, 1768, Oil on canvas, Gift of Joseph W. Revere, William B. Revere and Edward H. R. Revere, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 30.781, photograph © 2019 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Drawing on the American Antiquarian Society's unparalleled collection of prints and books, the exhibition, Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere, will transform viewers' understanding of this iconic colonial patriot. This in-depth examination of Revere's many skills as a craftsman will help illustrate the entrepreneurial spirit of an early American artisan, who stood at the intersection of social, economic, and political life during the formation of the new nation. Examples of rare prints will be shown alongside elegant silver tea services and everyday objects, such as thimbles and period newspapers, to reveal new facets behind this versatile artisan best known for his “midnight ride.”
Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation. After opening at the New-York Historical Society, the exhibition will travel to the Worcester Art Museum, The Concord Museum, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6pm
Speaker: Ethan Lasser, John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Art Talk: Paul Revere and John Singleton Copley: Making an American Icon
Presented with support from the Bernard and Louise Palitz Fund and the Amelia and Robert H. Haley Memorial Lecture Fund.
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