Reynolda Centennial: Celebrating 100 Years
In December 1917, tobacco tycoon R.J. Reynolds, his wife Katharine and their four children moved from the city life of downtown Winston-Salem to their country estate which they lovingly named, Reynolda. A magnificent result of Katharine's vision and progressive thinking, Reynolda Estate was a self-sufficient community comprised of the Reynolds' country bungalow, two schools, a post office, two churches, a working farm, a manmade lake, and formal gardens along with many other gems. In 1967, their home became Reynolda House Museum of American Art, presenting an exceptional collection of art by America’s most noted artists including Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Nam June Paik, Romare Bearden and Grant Wood. The complete Reynolda experience also includes Reynolda Gardens, composed of formal gardens, walking trails and wetlands, and Reynolda Village -- an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants in many of the estate’s original buildings.
Recognized as "America's Grande Dame of the South," join Reynolda Estate for a journey through the past 100 years with a year-long Centennial celebration that includes two landmark art exhibitions in fall 2017 and spring 2018, a historic Christmas celebration and special commemorative events dotted throughout.
PLEASE NOTE: Reynolda House Museum of American Art is CLOSED January 2018. The museum re-opens to the public Thursday, February 1, 2018.
Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage
Friday, Feb. 9 - Sunday, May 13, 2018
Closing out Reynolda House's Centennial Celebration is "Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage." More than 50 of Frederic Church's paintings completed during and after his 1867-69 trip to the Near East, Rome, and Greece, comprise this exhibition organized by the Detroit Institute of the Arts. The exhibition is the first to explore the American artist’s paintings inspired by his travels to ancient sites in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Reynolda House is the only venue in the Southeast to host the exhibition.
“'Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage' provides a remarkable opportunity to see the work of one of the most honored Hudson River School artists whose painting 'The Andes of Ecuador' is one of the most important works in the Reynolda House collection,” says Allison Perkins, director of Reynolda House Museum of American Art. “All of the work in the exhibition was created after Church observed firsthand some of antiquity’s most extraordinary cities, buildings, temples, and ruins. The exhibition juxtaposes pencil drawings and oil studies that Church completed during his trip with paintings he completed back in his studio.”
Special Exhibition Event: Half-day Symposium
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Reynolda House is hosting a half-day symposium Saturday, April 21 placing Church’s paintings and travels within a broader interdisciplinary context, drawing upon history, science, religious studies, and literature.
Dr. Kenneth John Myers, curator of American art and head of the department of American art the Detroit Institute of Arts, discusses Church’s religious faith and suggest some of the ways in which Church’s assumptions about beauty, truth, and God shaped his artistic practice. Jennifer Raab, assistant professor in the history of art at Yale University, addresses the intersection of art and science in Church’s work, moving from his early interest in Darwin’s writings to the dynamic between painting and photography.
Also, Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, will place Church’s work within a broader history of landscape painting in a global context, challenging the notion of Church’s art as a distinctly American mode of expression.
Centennial Community Day
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Celebrate with Reynolda for a day-long festival of art, music and games. This day also marks the launch of a new visitor experience at Reynolda inclusive of an audio-visual mobile tour of the Museum and Estate.
Plan Your Visit
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Sunday: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Gates close at 5pm.)
Street Address: 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Please note Reynolda House Museum of American Art is closed in January but re-opens to the public Thursday, Feb.1. Reynolda is closed every Monday, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
Book Your Reynolda Centennial Hotel Getaway Package
Historic Graylyn Estate's Reynolda Centennial Package
Nestled directly across from Reynolda House is the 85-luxurious-guest-room Graylyn Estate, historic home of Bowman and Nathalie Gray. Built in 1932 and situated on 55 pristine acres, guests of Graylyn enjoy top-notch Southern hospitality with butler service and exquisite dining. Package includes admission for two to Reynolda House Museum of American Art, shuttle service to and from Reynolda Village, and Graylyn's hallmark sweet treats including Mrs. Gray's butterscotch cookies and complimentary ice cream.
Breakfast for Two
$75 Food/Beverage Voucher
Butler Tour of Graylyn
Two Adult Tickets to Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Transportation to Reynolda Village for Boutique Shopping
*Subject to tax, gratuity, and estate fee.
Call 800.472.9596 for reservations.
Kimpton Cardinal Hotel - Centennial Special Rate
Book your stay at Winston-Salem's Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, the first Kimpton in the Carolinas. The Cardinal mixes Southern manners and modern flair, with a little mischief thrown in. Savor cuisine at The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, named after the Reynolds family matriarch, or unwind a little in their recreation center complete with adult-sized twisting slide, bowling alley, basketball court, and shuffle board.
Centennial guests receive ten percent off the standard overnight rate using code RHOUSE.
Click here to book online: https://www.kimptonhotels.com/stay/the-cardinal-hotel-winston-salem-nc
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Frederic Church Image Credit (above):
Frederic Edwin Church, 1826 - 1900. The Andes of Ecuador, 1855, oil on canvas. Frame: 59 5/8 x 87 1/2 in. (151.4 x 222.3 cm) Canvas: 48 x 76 1/2 in. (121.9 x 194.3 cm) Original Purchase Fund from Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, ARCA Foundation, and Anne Cannon Forsyth.