Reynolda reopens with premiere of Reynolda Quartet, new art on view, Hispanic League concert and docent class

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Jan. 29, 2020) – The museum at the center of Reynolda will reopen to the public Saturday after being closed for the month of January. Reynolda House Museum of American Art will welcome visitors starting at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 to see new works from the museum’s American art collection in the historic house. 

Art on view
Museum staff rotate the paintings, photographs and prints from the museum’s collection of nearly 200 works of art frequently throughout the year, curating new perspectives and groupings worthy of repeat visits. Starting in February, visitors will enjoy a new display of 20th-century art from the museum’s permanent collection. Works by artists such as Grant Wood, Stuart Davis, Horace Pippin, Arthur Dove and Mardsen Hartley will be on view in the Northeast Bedroom Gallery.

Three exhibitions will also be on view in the museum’s house galleries. 

Opening Feb. 4, Northwest Bedroom Gallery:
Private Life: Domestic and Interior Spaces in Twentieth-Century Art
The division between interior and exterior spaces often draws a distinction between private and public lives. Drawn from the art collections of Reynolda and Wake Forest University, the exhibition explores how interiors reflect the inner self of both subjects and artists and invites the public to gaze through artists’ eyes into spaces that were never meant to be seen. Private Life features works by artists such as John Sloan, Alice Neel and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and was curated by Julianne Miao, curatorial fellow. 

On view through March 31, 2021, West Bedroom Gallery:
Raise the Roof: Restoring Reynolda’s Historic Roof
The exhibition provides an inside look at Reynolda’s century-old roof and will be on display throughout Reynolda’s roof rehabilitation project.

On view through July 25, 2021, Master Bedroom Gallery:
A Self in the Remaking: Katharine Smith Reynolds Johnston
The exhibition explores Katharine’s life after the death of R. J. Reynolds in 1918 and features historic costumes, photographs and fashions, many on display for the first time.

“The installation of 20th century works in the museum’s historic house, including those featured in our new Private Life exhibition, invites visitors to explore Reynolda’s renowned collection of American art in new and thought-provoking ways,” said curator Allison Slaby.

Upcoming events
On Saturday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 2 the museum will celebrate its reopening with two sold out performances by the Reynolda Quartet, an ensemble of renowned faculty artists in the UNCSA School of Music. 

Reynolda House will offer its next class for aspiring docents starting Wednesday, Feb.5. The eight-week class meets on Wednesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and is designed for lifelong learners who are interested in becoming more involved in the museum through leading tours and other volunteer opportunities. The class provides an exhilarating introduction to the history and collections of Reynolda. Cost of the class is $60, or $45 for members of the museum and students. Registration includes all class materials and free admission to the museum during the run of the course. The class is taught by the museum’s education staff. To register, call 336.758.5389. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m., the museum will host its monthly Object Talk. This month’s topic is the greenhouse at Reynolda Gardens. The talk, by Reynolda Gardens Director Jon Roethling and Reynolda Gardens Curator of Education Amanda Lanier, is free with museum admission. Following the talk in the auditorium at the Museum, attendees will be invited to take a walk to the greenhouse for further exploration and discussion. 

On Thursday, Feb. 7, the seventh installment of the Hispanic League of Winston-Salem’s “Colorful Sounds in Concert” series will take place at Reynolda. This year’s guest artist is “Choquenza Duet” Tiples from Colombia.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, visit Reynolda for Early Childhood Programs Discovery Day. This free event takes place from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and invites parents to learn about the museum’s early childhood programs and offers engaging exploratory activities for children 3 to 5 years old.

The African American Read-In will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. The annual event, held in recognition of Black History Month and organized by the National Council of Teachers of English, gathers community members together to share favorite passages from the writings of contemporary and historical black authors. The event is free. 

During the month of January each year, the museum closes to the public while museum staff rotate works of art and perform maintenance in areas of the house difficult to access during public hours. The museum resumes regular hours Feb. 1: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

About Reynolda 
Reynolda, in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions and historic greenspaces. The 51-year-old art museum at the center of Reynolda’s 180 acres, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of the country manor of R. J. Reynolds. Spanning 250 years, the collection is an uncompromisingly selective one, a chronology of American art, with each artist represented by one work of major significance. Highlights are: Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Stuart Davis, Martin Johnson Heade, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent and Grant Wood. The Reynolda experience includes a free app called Reynolda Revealed; touring exhibitions in the museum’s Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing; formal gardens, conservatory and walking trails of Reynolda Gardens; and more than 25 of the estate’s original buildings repurposed as shops and restaurants in Reynolda Village. Reynolda, located at 2250 Reynolda Road, is part of Wake Forest University. For more information, please visit

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