A few months ago, I wrote about a new Pleissner exhibition I’ve been working on, which would feature his watercolor landscapes.
|Burnside, undated, watercolor on paper. ©Ogden M. Pleissner|
|Pebble Beach Golf Course, ca. 1950-1965, watercolor on paper. |
©Ogden M. Pleissner
These are two of the paintings I decided to include in my exhibit.
A lot has happened since I first looked at these paintings, so today I’d like to catch up with you about it.
Once I had finalized the selection, I needed to come up with a title for the show. After trying out a few different combinations, I settled on Ogden Pleissner, Landscape Painter. I liked it because it was simple yet descriptive, telling visitors what they can expect to see without giving everything away.
With the title taken care of, I then turned my attention to getting the pictures ready for hanging. Since a lot of the watercolors I had picked were unframed, I needed to have new frames built for them. Suzy, one of our exhibits preparators, set up a frame shop in the middle of the gallery so that she could hang and frame in the same convenient location.
|Suzy's framing tables|
While the pieces were being framed, I created the actual layout of the show. Pleissner rarely dated his works, so I organized the paintings thematically rather than chronologically. One wall focused on water scenes, for instance, while another highlighted forested landscapes. Once I was happy with the layout, I had Suzy hang the show for me.
|The west wall of the gallery features rivers, lakes, and other water-oriented scenes.|
|The south wall focuses on trees.|
While the show was being hung, I finished writing my labels, and had them proofread by our librarian and archivist, Polly. Once I was satisfied with the labels, Suzy had them printed and installed them next to their respective pieces.
|The completed show|
Ogden Pleissner, Landscape Painter opens May 12, 2013 and runs through October, 27 in Pleissner Gallery. So be sure to check it out if you get a chance to visit this summer.