Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents

Winslow Homer’s The Gulf Stream

Exhibition Dates: April 11–July 31, 2022
Member Previews:  April 5 & 7–10, 2022
Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, The Tisch Galleries, Gallery 899, Floor 2

Renowned for his powerful paintings of American life and scenery, Winslow Homer (1836–1910) remains a beloved and consequential figure whose art continues to appeal to broad audiences. Opening April 11, 2022, Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents will reconsider the artist’s work through the lens of conflict, a theme that crosses his prolific career. A persistent fascination with struggle permeates his art—from emblematic images of the Civil War and Reconstruction that examine the effects of the conflict on the landscape, soldiers, and formerly enslaved to dramatic scenes of rescue and hunting as well as monumental seascapes and dazzling tropical works painted throughout the Atlantic world. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be The Met’s iconic The Gulf Stream, a painting that reveals Homer’s lifelong engagement with charged subjects of race, politics, nature, and the environment. Featuring approximately 90 oils and watercolors, this major loan exhibition will represent the largest critical overview of Homer’s art and life in more than a quarter of a century.

The exhibition is made possible by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

Corporate sponsorship is provided by Bank of America.

Additional support is provided by the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, White & Case LLP, the Enterprise Holdings Endowment, and Ann M. Spruill and Daniel H. Cantwell.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The National Gallery, London.

The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Herdrich, Associate Curator of American Painting and Sculpture, and Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of The American Wing, at The Met, in collaboration with Christopher Riopelle, The Neil Westreich Curator of Post-1800 Painting at the National Gallery, London.

A richly illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, it will be available to purchase from The Met Store.

The catalogue is made possible by the William Cullen Bryant Fellows of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Additional support is provided by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

During the run of the exhibition, The Met’s Winslow Homer-focused gallery (Gallery 767, Margaret and Raymond J. Horowitz Galleries) in the American Wing will feature a special display of works by two influential modern and contemporary artists—Kerry James Marshall and Kara Walker—that respond to Homer’s The Gulf Stream and Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware, another canonic painting in the Museum’s collection.

Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents will be featured on The Met website as well as on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #MetWinslowHomer.