Special Exhibition Reconsiders John La Farge’s Contributions to American Art in Centenary Year of Artist’s Death

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NEW HAVEN, CT.- In August of 1890, John La Farge (1835–1910) and his friend the renowned historian Henry Adams (1838–1918) embarked on a journey to the islands of the South Pacific—Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)—that would keep them away from home for more than a year. John La Farge’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890–1891 showcases almost 70 pieces from this trip, including sketchbooks, paintings, and watercolors, some executed on site, others upon La Farge’s return to his home studio. Organized by Elisabeth Hodermarsky, the Sutphin Family Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Yale University Art Gallery, the exhibition is on view from October 19, 2010, to January 2, 2011, and will travel to the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., from January 22 to