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January 21, 2005

CW announces 2005 exhibition schedule

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, which include the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, unveil three exciting new exhibitions in 2005. “Outside In” and “Treasures of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum” comprise appealing selections of folk art, while “Principles of Freedom” is a patriotic assemblage of American documents featuring a rare “Stone” copy of the Declaration of Independence and signatures by signers of the Declaration.

All three exhibitions will be on view at the Wallace Museum due to construction of a new, larger Folk Art Museum in 2005 and 2006 adjacent to the Wallace Museum. “Outside In” and “Treasures” will maintain a folk art presence for Colonial Williamsburg guests while the new building is completed. The new Folk Art Museum is due to open in October 2006.

NEW IN 2005:

  • “Outside In: Folk Art for the American Landscape.” Long before the invention of neon, American cities and villages were filled with colorful signs and painted sculptures that enticed customers into businesses and also adorned churches, schools, houses, barns and public buildings. This striking selection of outdoor folk art will offer more than 40 objects that illustrate the artistic side of early American al fresco decoration. Feb. 5, 2005 through June 2006.
  • “Treasures from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.” This exhibition highlights more than 100 examples of the Folk Art Museum’s most visually appealing and historically important objects including the ever-popular portrait “Baby in Red Chair” as well as a selection of whimsical woodcarvings, weather vanes and more. April 16, 2005 though July 2006.
  • “Principles of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution.” This display includes 10 examples of signatures from signers of the Declaration of Independence and a rare 1823 “Stone” copy of the Declaration, one of only 31 remaining copies of the historic 201 facsimiles printed by Washington, D.C., engraver William J. Stone. The exhibition also will feature a selection of medals, currency, portraits and other patriotic objects from the Colonial Williamsburg collection. May 7, 2005 through February 2006.


  • “Subtlety in Sepia: Prints By Paul Sandby.” Four elegant prints by Paul Sandby (1723-1809), one of the most influential English landscape artists during the latter half of the 18th century, and Scottish painter Archibald Robertson (1765-1835), demonstrate the use of sepia tones and the aquatint process to recreate the light qualities of southern Italy. Through December 2006.

  • “Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America.” This extraordinary exhibition features 72 historic maps including the original map of the Mason-Dixon Line, which not only settled an 18th-century land dispute between founding families in Pennsylvania and Maryland but later served as the official border between the North and South during the American Civil War. Through Aug. 14.

  • “American Furniture: Virginia to Vermont.” This impressive display showcases more than 100 items of furniture dating from the 17th to 19th centuries and representing the regions of New England, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Va., and the Tidewater area. Through April 2006.

  • “Jewelry: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection.” Twenty stunning examples of gold, silver and semi-precious stones illustrate how personal adornment in the 18th century reflected the taste of the times. Through March 27.

    The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are part of the award-winning Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The Wallace Museum is open daily (11 now to March 13 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. from March 14 to Jan. 1, 2006). Admission is included in any multi-day Colonial Williamsburg ticket or in a one-day or annual museums ticket. For program information, call (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Sophia Hart
    (757) 220-7272

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