SAMA will host American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection, an exhibition spanning over 250 years of American art and featuring more than a hundred works of art by renowned artists including Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Moran, Robert Henri, Loïs Mailou Jones, Allan Crite, Elizabeth Catlett, and Grant Wood.
Organized by the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, the traveling exhibition will open October 14, 2023, at SAMA and continue through January 7, 2024.
Though many objects from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection have been on view at museums around the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Made is the first exhibition to bring highlights of this extensive private collection together.
Regina Palm, Marie and Hugh Halff, Jr. Curatorial Fellow for American Art, is the Museum’s in-house curator for the exhibition.
“The breadth of the DeMell Jacobsen Collection is a testament to the ingenuity of American artists throughout the centuries and the scope of voices that can be found within this visual narrative,” Palm said. “American Made demonstrates and, in some cases, indeed challenges our preconceptions of who and what make up American art. This exhibition allows SAMA and our visitors the opportunity to begin a dialogue about who we are as Americans and the ways in which American art does or does not reflect who we are as a nation.”