Horse and Rider explores the relationship between man and beast in the contexts of sport, pleasure, and work. The exhibition comprises ten works from the permanent collection by artists such as Edgar Degas, Frederick Remington, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Wilke, James Brooks, and Danny Lyon.
Highlights include Degas’ Four Studies of a Jockey for “Racehorses before the Stands” from the portfolio Vingt Dessins, heliotypes of the artist’s works made with his approval; and his Horse at Trough, which was cast in bronze from a wax model after the famed artist’s death.
Especially relevant on the heels of the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy are photographs that highlight horses as recreation. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Robert F. Kennedy and his wife and son in stables, Hyannisport, Massachusetts, and Robert F. Kennedy on horseback with his family, Hyannisport, Massachusetts, show private moments of one of America’s most famous families enjoying time at the family compound on the coast.
Rounding out the exhibition are watercolors, oil paintings, and sculptures.