Ralston Crawford: Air & Space & War

Ralston Crawford:

Air + Space + War

October 30, 2021–January 23, 2022

“A splendid, informative exhibition.”
The Wall Street Journal

American art transformed in the period 1940-55, and nowhere is that change better exemplified than in the work of Ralston Crawford (1906-1978). Crawford was influenced by aviation through personal experiences in flight, his exposure to the construction of airplanes and the destruction they wrought in WWII, and the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. These experiences had a profound impact on Crawford and marked a major turning point in his life and art.

Ralston Crawford: Air +Space + War features 72 works, which include paintings, drawings and photographs by the American artist. This exhibition is organized by the Vilcek Foundation,  in collaboration with the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Dayton Art Institute, which will be the only two venues to present this exhibition.

Admission to the exhibition also includes access to the DAI-exclusive exhibition Norman Rockwell: Stories of Emotion!

Exhibition Catalogue
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, which includes an essay by the Dayton Art Institute’s Chief Curator and Director of Education, Jerry N. Smith. Click Here to purchase the catalogue at our online store.

Interactive Virtual Tours: Live via Zoom
Join a Museum Educator on Zoom for an interactive discussion of the major themes on view in Ralston Crawford: Air + Space + War. Using close-looking and conversation, explore artworks and catch a preview of the exhibition during this 60-minute virtual program. Tours are offered on select days and times while the exhibition is on view.

Virtual tours are free, but advance registration is required. Virtual tours are offered on the following dates:

Thursday, November 4, 6-7 p.m.
Friday, November 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Friday, November 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 9, 6-7 p.m.
Saturday, December 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Featured Image: Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978), Bomber, 1944 (detail), oil on canvas. Vilcek Collection, VF2016.03.02

Thank You to Our Exhibition Sponsors

BENEFACTOR
Wanda & Bill Lukens
Patty & Jerry Tatar
SUPPORTING
Jessup Wealth Management
Carolyn & Robert H. Brethen
JPS RECEPTION SPONSOR
Jessup Wealth Management

 

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