While that sounds like a baseball keystone combo, it is actually the keystone to the Everson's 2010 season. The record-setting Turner to Cezanne exhibition turned the corner of the new year and leads to the Tim Scott exhibition that opens the museum's exciting 2010 season on Jan. 30
When the information regarding the possibility of hosting the Turner to Cezanne traveling exhibition first landed on Steven Kern's desk, his desk was in the San Diego Museum of Art where he served as curator of European art for nine years. Three years later his desk was in Syracuse, and as director of the Everson Museum, he was able to host the exhibition.
The process had begun before Kern's arrival. Sarah Massett, Everson's Public Relations Director, said, "The process for being selected starts with 'tossing your hat into the ring' so to speak. The organizers of the show, American Federation of Arts, distributed information on the show to museums. We were interested in being selected, and immediately began a series of steps to show them we were capable of hosting the exhibition."
The tour itself is focused on smaller market cities, relying on the quality of the museums to attract the crowds. The Everson certainly did so, bringing in more than 60,000 visitors (including 9,000 students) over the three month run, surpassing the 38-year-old--record set by Yoko Ono's exhibit in 1971.
"People in Syracuse should not have to go to Boston or New York or Toronto to see great art," Kern said. "There are already great things on view here -- this is a smart town -- and this show is big."
The 53 paintings in the exhibition are part of the 260 painting collection acquired by sisters Margaret and Gwendoline Davies, and donated to the National Museum Wales where it is housed. The works, primarily impressionist, were selected by the tour sponsor, the American Federation of Arts. According to Kern, it was a real coup for the Everson to be part of the tour, officially titled Turner to C (c)zanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales.