Coming Soon to the Museum of Arts & Sciences


Captured Moments: Highlights from the Works on Paper in the Collection
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Opening August 13, 2016 through October 15, 2016

From brief sketches to polished pastels, watercolors and prints, the MOAS collection contains many impressive works of art that were executed on paper.  Often paper was the support artists turned to while formulating their ideas for larger painted works or, sometimes, to provide multiples of images for mass consumption.  And just as often artists have picked up a pencil/pastel/stylus and created full-blown masterworks that stand on their own as singular artistic expressions.  This exhibition will look at the many beautiful examples that celebrate the arts sur papier in the MOAS Collection.





Lure of the Exotic: Orientalism in 19th Century Art
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Opening September 24, 2016 through November 27, 2016

Based on key works from the collection combined with loans from institutions around the state, this exhibition looks at the phenomenon of 19th century "Orientalism" which is the term used to describe elements and motifs from Asia, Africa, and the Near East in European art of this century. After Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798 and the massive 10 volume Description de L'Egypte was published by the small army of scholars he brought along, the craze for all things exotic from distant lands took hold of the European imagination and permeated the arts. 








Let's Advertise
North Wing Corridor
Opening October 1, 2016 through December 11, 2016

By the last half of the Nineteenth Century, lithographs from stone plates had reached a high level of artistic achievement. Beautiful images could be mass produced at a modest cost providing manufacturers with a new media for the promotion of their products. Ad Cards became the media of choice during the period. They were used by all manufacturers, merchants and trades people. 

Because there was not "truth in advertising" merchants were free to say anything they wished about their products. Many of the product claims are outrageous to the point of being humorous. Products also contain harmful or addictive ingredients which eventually led to the passing of Federal food and drug laws. This exhibit is a window into the past where one can see how people lived, what they wore and ate, how they were entertained, and how exposed they were to the exaggeration and claims of advertisers. 

The works are from the Thomas H. Davis Collection, in care of the Museum of Arts & Sciences. 


Truth in Jest: 200 Years of Social Satire and Humor in Western Art
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Opening October 29, 2016 through January 22, 2017

Throughout history artists have used humor in their works to call attention to social issues or simply to entertain. Works illustrating this in the MOAS collection span nearly 200 years with famous examples by Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879), France’s first and most important social satirist, to those by Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), 20th Century America’s favorite social commentator.

Honoré Daumier became famous for frequently publishing in Les Charivari over the course of many years as he critiqued French culture, society and politics in his cartoons.  In the “Histoire Ancienne” (Ancient History) series he weighed in on the intense debate in the 1840s between Classicism and Romanticism.  Leading proponents of Romantic art, such as Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), felt that artists should let go of the tired classical ideal and Daumier jumped into the fray by making fun of classical myth.  Here he shows the mighty Hercules reduced to a common stable hand as he mucks out King Augeas’s stables, the fifth labor assigned to him by King Eurystheus.  According to the Greek myth, this was a monumental task as the livestock numbered over 3,000 and the stable had not been cleaned in 30 years. Hercules was given only one day to complete the job and Daumier’s super hero looks less than happy with the task ahead.