Gallery Talk: The Ghost of Charles Pendleton
Join Wheaton College art historian Tripp Evans for an exploration of the 19th collector, Charles Pendleton, and the 21st century artistic interventions that his life and collections have inspired. Examining the work of Beth Katleman, Triple Canopy, and Pablo Bronstein in the Museum’s current Raid the Icebox Now exhibition, visitors will consider how the enigmatic figure of Pendleton emerges in uncanny and unexpected ways – and how the museum’s 1906 recreation of the collector’s Federal-era home, Pendleton House, serves as a hall of mirrors to reflect our own era as much as Pendleton’s own.
R. Tripp Evans is the Co-Chair of the Department of Visual Art and History of Art at Wheaton College, where he teaches the art and architecture of the Americas. He received his B.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University. In 2010 he earned the National Award for Arts Writing for his biography of the painter Grant Wood; his current book project, The Importance of Being Furnished, examines four New England house museums created by bachelor-collectors.