The Winter Show
Loan Exhibitions

Each year, the Show partners with a prestigious institution to host a loan exhibition that meets museum standards and delights visitors. The Loan Exhibition affirms the Show’s commitment to showcasing the best examples of fine & decorative arts from around the world and offers Loan Exhibition partners unprecedented exposure at the Park Avenue Armory during New York City’s Americana and Old Master Weeks.

Past Exhibitions

Diego Velasquez, Camilo Astalli known as Cardinal Pamphili, Rome Italy 1650-1651 oil on canvas


Unrivaled: The Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Unrivaled embodies the Hispanic Society Museum & Library collection’s significance and breadth. With more than 18,000 works of art from the Paleolithic Age to the 20th century and an extraordinary research library that holds 250,000 manuscripts and 35,000 rare books, the institution is the only in the world to offer such a complete vision of Hispanic history, art, and culture.

The exhibition will display masterworks from throughout the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and the Philippines by artists including Diego Velázquez, El Greco, and Francisco de Goya, alongside such works as a mid-18th-century painting by the Cuzco School in Peru and an exceptional 17th-century ceramic aquamanile from Portugal. Additional highlights will include a painting by John Singer Sargent created during his extended travels in Spain circa 1879–80, and a work by Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla from the early 1900s, among many others.

“We are honored to present the depth of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library’s unrivaled collection at The Winter Show 2020,” said exhibition curator Philippe de Montebello. “The loan exhibition is drawn from a collection devoted to telling the rich stories of the Hispanic world. With a focus on all facets of art, literature, and culture, we strive to broaden understandings of the complex cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and the Philippines, and their global impact.”

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Collecting Nantucket / Connecting the World: Nantucket Historical Association

Collecting Nantucket / Connecting the World celebrates 125 years of collecting by the Nantucket Historical Association and presents the best the association has to offer in paintings, craft, and folk art. The island of Nantucket, 25 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is well known for its whaling heritage and New England seaport atmosphere, and for more than 150 years it has been famous as a summer holiday destination as well. 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 captain’s 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 association is also pleased, during the 200th birthday year of Herman Melville, to be displaying the only surviving relics from the 1820 tragedy of the whaleship Essex, whose destruction by an angry whale inspired key aspects of Moby-Dick.

painting of daisies


Collecting for the Commonwealth / Preserving for the Nation: Celebrating a Century of Art Patronage, 1919–2018

"Collecting for the Commonwealth / Preserving for the Nation: Celebrating a Century of Art Patronage, 1919-2018 celebrates a century of art patronage at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia (VMFA). The VMFA is renowned for American fine and decorative art, including the transformative gift of the James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection; the best Art Nouveau and Art Deco outside of Paris; French Impressionist, modern and contemporary works from the collections of Paul Mellon and Sydney and Frances Lewis; the Lillian Thomas Pratt bequest of five Fabergé Imperial Eggs and over 400 additional Russian objects; and the recently acquired Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger, comprising over 140 pieces designed by the iconic artist-jeweler who boasted a private salon at Tiffany & Co. Highlights include objects made by Tiffany, Lalique, Jean Schlumberger, Paul Storr, and Fabergé as well as paintings by Robert Henri, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent, Berthe Morisot, Willem de Kooning, Eastman Johnson, Childe Hassam, Max Pechstein, Vincent van Gogh, and Beaufort Delaney. The VMFA’s four dozen works will be exhibited at the entrance to the Show floor in a pavilion designed by Jeff Daly (who was senior designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under Philippe de Montebello)."

portrait of a woman with a rose


Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution

"Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution offers a selection of highlights from the museum’s renowned collection. The exhibition honors Mrs. Rockefeller, one of the early female collectors of folk art whose collection is the nucleus of the museum’s American folk art collection. It salutes her vision, which continues today to guide the evolving AARFAM—the oldest institution in the United States dedicated solely to the collection, exhibition and preservation of American folk art—and to inspire its continued collecting and acquisitions process. The objects featured in Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution are artifacts of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century material culture; they were made and used by everyday people. The exhibition reflects dynamic periods of collecting that occurred not only for this institution but also for American arts in general: the 1930s, when Mrs. Rockefeller’s collection was amassed; the 1950s, when there was a significant push in the study of American art across the country; the 1970s, when the Bicentennial heightened anew the country’s interest in the revolutionary period and Americana; and the 21st century, in which the geographical regions and time periods of the AARFAM’s collection expanded."

Image of sculpture of a black person sit on the back of the snail


Legacy for the Future: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

"Legacy for the Future: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art pays tribute to the diversity and forward-thinking vision of the Wadsworth Atheneum's collection, with highlights ranging from antiquities and Baroque masterworks to Hudson River School landscapes and contemporary sculpture. The title of the exhibition is adapted from a 1936 public lecture given in New York City by former museum director Everett “Chick” Austin: “For we must have the great things of the past to enjoy and to study, but with that valuable experience and pleasure as guide and criterion, we must surely seek to live in the present and to try to create the new forms which are to be our legacy to the future.” Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continually operating public art museum in the United States. The Museum’s nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. Thanks to the enormous gifts of predecessors, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection is home to many significant works. The Museum was the first in the United States to purchase works by Caravaggio, Frederic Church, Joseph Cornell, and Salvador Dalí, and was the first to exhibit major surveys of works by Italian masters, Surrealists, and Picasso."

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Ahead of the Curve: The Newark Museum 1909-2015

"Did you know that the modern American museum was invented in Newark in 1909? From traditional to contemporary, from ancient to modern, the Museum’s collections showcase a broad range of works that explore the past, inspire the present, and provide a glimpse into the future. Selected as The Winter Show’s annual loan exhibition, Ahead of the Curve: The Newark Museum, 1909-2015, will feature pieces from the Museum’s American, Asian, African, Ancient Mediterranean, and Native American collections. Celebrating its 106th year, the Newark Museum has been at the forefront of collecting and exhibiting since the opening of its inaugural exhibition of The Eight (Robert Henri, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson, Maurice Prendergast, George Luks, and William J. Glackens), organized by the Macbeth Gallery in New York, which mounted the first 'Eight' show."

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Fresh Take, Making Connections at Peabody Essex Museum

"Fresh Take, Making Connections at the Peabody Essex Museum is the featured loan exhibition of the 2014 Winter Show. The installation represents a microcosm of the PEM experience and is comprised of more than 50 paintings, sculptures, textiles and decorative objects drawn from the museum's world class collection. Works of art from diverse cultures and time periods are grouped together, uniting and contrasting objects of creative expression in unexpected ways. Highlights of the exhibition range from a spectacular inlaid ivory chair from India (18th-century) to a mahogany dressing chest by Thomas Seymour (c. 1810); from an English brass mariner's astrolabe used to determine time and latitude by the stars (late 1500s) to a stick chart used by Micronesian sailors navigating the Pacific Ocean (early 20th century); from a view of Salem Common by George Ropes (1808) to a Joseph Cornell collage inspired by Magritte's surrealist landscape (c.1964); from a bronze Japanese reliquary from the Koki-ji Temple, Kawachi-gun, Osaka Prefecture (1679) to a Chinese bridal headdress made of Kingfisher feathers, silk, pearls, and semi-precious stones (c. 1800s)."

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Newport: The Glamour of Ornament Celebrating The Preservation Society of Newport County

"The Winter Show 2013 loan exhibition: Newport: the Glamour of Ornament is presented by The Preservation Society of Newport County, which is Rhode Island’s largest cultural organization. The Society preserves and protects the best of Newport County’s architectural heritage, and its 11 historic properties and landscapes–seven of which are National Historic Landmarks–form a complete essay of American historical development from the Colonial era through the Gilded Age. In keeping with its mission, the Society strives to offer its members and the public a comprehensive view of each property’s architecture, interiors, landscapes and social history. The Society hosts more than 800,000 visits to its properties annually. The Preservation Society's properties include: The Breakers (1895), Marble House (1892), The Elms (1901), Rosecliff (1902), Chateau-sur-Mer (1852), Kingscote (1841), Isaac Bell House (1883), Hunter House (1748), and Chepstow (1861)."

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Celebrating Historic Hudson Valley at 60: Rockefeller Patronage in Sleepy Hollow Country

"The Winter Show's 2012 loan exhibition, Celebrating Historic Hudson Valley at 60: Rockefeller Patronage in Sleepy Hollow Country marks the 60th anniversary of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s founding of Sleepy Hollow Restorations, now Historic Hudson Valley (HHV). The museum's mission is to celebrate the history, architecture, landscape, and material culture of the Hudson River Valley, advancing its importance and thereby ensuring its preservation. HHV owns and operates Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, Washington Irving's Sunnyside, Montgomery Place, and the Union Church of Pocantico Hills. The fine and decorative arts objects chosen for the loan exhibition speak to the museum's three-part collecting scope: the possessions of New York families who once owned these river estates, historical resources that provide context for the people of the past who lived and worked on these properties, and emblematic objects representing key events in Hudson Valley history. The exhibition highlights a multi-generational Rockefeller legacy of research-based collecting, preserving, and interpreting history."

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Grandeur Preserved: Masterworks Presented by Historic Charleston Foundation

Grandeur Preserved: Masterworks Presented by Historic Charleston Foundation highlights more than fifty objects in an unprecedented collaboration among Charleston’s leading cultural institutions as well as private collections. The exhibition is organized by Historic Charleston Foundation, established in 1947 as an educational non-profit dedicated to the preservation of buildings, landscapes and cultural resources in Charleston and its historic surroundings. Important objects from Historic Charleston Foundation’s two museum houses are complemented by loans from The Charleston Museum, Drayton Hall, Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association, and Middleton Place Foundation, and includes many works that are on view for the first time."

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Colonial to Modern: A Century of Collecting at Historic New England

"Historic New England, a museum of cultural history, has thirty-six historically and architecturally significant properties across the region. Its collections, which span four centuries and include more than 110,000 objects and more than a million archival items, are the most important in the nation for the study of New England life. The exhibition includes 18th- to 20th-century furniture, paintings by academic and provincial artists, ceramics made in New England and abroad, and personal accessories from diamond brooches to silk brocade shoes. The exhibition focus on great objects with great stories--such as the Quincy family's Boston-made Japanned high chest, a 1735-1745 tour d'force of furniture that comes from one of New England's most influential families and survived two fires."