Winterthur continually plans for exciting new exhibitions for our Members and visitors to view.
Opens Feb 2, 2021, First Floor Galleries
Winterthur curators have been at the forefront of interpreting American material culture since the museum’s founding in 1951. Our understanding of the Winterthur collection continues to evolve. Ongoing curatorial and scientific research expands our knowledge about the objects we interpret while also provoking conversations about cultural heritage. In 2020, against a backdrop of historic events, issues associated with diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility rose to the fore and inspired us to look through new lenses and listen to new voices. This installation provides a more transparent view of our collections through objects that bear witness to the people, encounters, and entanglements of American communities over time. Join us in asking and answering the questions inspired by these objects and help us bring your thoughts to the walls of Winterthur's galleries because no one voice or one perspective can ever tell the story behind an object.
With Hammer in Hand: A Story of Early American Craftsmen
Opening March 1, 2021, Winterthur Galleries
As part of its 70th anniversary in 2021, Winterthur will celebrate an American treasure by updating the Dominy Gallery of hand tools, furniture, clocks, business records, and family papers. This collection, which has been on view at Winterthur since 1960, opens a fascinating window into skilled craftwork, trade, and material life in the racially diverse community of East Hampton, Long Island, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
The lives of the Dominy craftsmen, their families, and those they worked with and for, reveal themselves through the tools, furniture, and other objects preserved in the Dominy Collections at Winterthur. The collection consists of the nearly complete contents of the woodworking, clock-making, and watch repair shops—including lathes, workbenches, and more than 1,000 hand-tools. It also contains examples of furniture, tall clocks, and extensive shop records and family papers. Together, the tools, shop products, and written records tell a more complete story about the practices and roles of skilled craftsmen in pre-industrial America than any other single grouping of artifacts and documents that have survived from this period.
Learn more about the Dominy Collections here.
Image credits: Tureen, 1730-75, Mexico. Campbell Collection of Soup Tureen 1996.0004.231; Dominy Shop in the Winterthur Galleries.