Hot Dogs, Fireworks, and Art Work, OH MY!
Fireworks. Popsicles. Burgers on the grill. Baseball. What other distinctly American holiday could I be talking about, but the Fourth of July? Though the Museum is not open on the Fourth of July, the art in our American collection can be viewed year-round and celebrates what makes the U.S of A. just so special.
Holiday on the Hudson, c. 1912. George Benjamin Luks (American, 1867-1933). Oil on canvas, Framed- h:96.50 w:111.50 d:6.00 cm (h:37 15/16 w:43 7/8 d:2 5/16 inches) Unframed- h:76.20 w:91.70cm (h:30 w:36 1/16 inches). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection
Luks paints a picture of New York’s working class having a jolly time at a river outing on the Hudson. The hazy colors and slightly abstracted figures remind me of a muggy July 4th spent in the sun with good friends, good food and good times.
Military, 1914-1915. Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943) Oil on canvas, Framed- h:73.50 w:63.50 d:3.50 cm (h:28 7/8 w:25 d:1 3/8 inches) Unframed- h:60.60 w:50.20 cm (h: 23 13/16 w:19 ¾ inches). Gift of Professor Nelson Goodman
Even with all the hot dogs, ice cream cones, and watermelon eaten on the Fourth, we as Americans are really celebrating our freedom in 1776 and our continued freedoms; all of which could never have been accomplished without our military. And so this ode by Marsden Hartley, is a way for our art to both honor their efforts and say thank you.
Niagara Falls, c. 1906-1909. August Satra (American, 1877-1909). Oil on canvas, Unframed- h:105.50 w:154.00 cm (h:41 ½ w:60 5/8 inches). Gift of Mrs. M. Satra, in memory of her husband
An incredibly recognizable and famous American natural landmark, Niagara Falls, New York, is a majestic celebration of the beauty of our nation. We are nation filled with a multitude of incredible landscapes “from sea to shining sea” and from our country's birth American artists have been inspired by what lay outside.
So eat a hot dog for me, wave a sprinkler in the air (maybe even make a little 5 second art with it ) and have a happy, fun-filled and safe Fourth of July!
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Tori Laser is a junior at John Carroll University studying art history with a focus on communications. She is interning this summer in the Communications and Marketing Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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