The Mennello Museum of American Art

900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through rotating exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a diverse range of disciplines and reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all.

Our vision is to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its city base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.



(August 13 – November 7, 2021)

Examines historical perspectives on women and their depiction in art in Edo Period Japan (1615 – 1858). Made up entirely of woodblock prints created in the ukiyo-e style, this exhibition highlights female characters in literature, kabuki theatre, and poetry; the courtesans and geisha of the Yoshiwara district; and wives and mothers from different social classes performing the duties of their station, in order to gain some insight into the lives of women in pre-modern Japan.

American Impressionists and the Influence of Japan

Ephemeral presents nine American Impressionists of the early 20th century from the Mennello Museum of American Art’s Collection and the Michael A. and Marilyn L. Mennello Foundation. A number of influential ukiyo-e prints produced by some of the most talented artists of Japan’s Golden Age – the Edo period (17th – mid-19th century) – are now on view in Women in the Art of Ukiyo-e, organized by the Reading Public Museum. The presentation of this special exhibition lays the foundation to explore artistic influence and the representation of women across time and culture – from the Floating World of Edo, now Tokyo, to the flourishing 20th century U.S. cities of New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.


EARL CUNNINGHAM: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Earl Cunningham’s paintings intermix fact, fantasy and his own life experiences. Filled with vibrancy and confidence of life itself, his work reflects his own unique vision of the world. Vivid use of colors across each wood panel have given Cunningham the reputation of being an American Fauve.

Cunningham’s paintings were described by noted art critic, Roberta Smith as a “fusion of traditional folk art and pop culture. [Cunningham’s] world is not only fabulously Technicolored, with skies tending toward hot pinks and yellows, and rivers and bays toward red or brown or ochre. It also teems with bright, often closely observed flora and fauna ... all rendered in unexpected textures and often ingenious brushwork.” (R. Smith, New York Times, February 17, 1995, p. C-30).

Since his death in 1977, Cunningham’s work has received an overwhelming amount of attention and he has secured a place as a major Twentieth Century American Folk artist. In 1986, The Museum of American Art, New York, launched a national tour of his works. Since then, his paintings have not only been shown throughout the country, but a number of museums have also acquired his work, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Grounds for Exhibitions - Inaugural Outdoor Exhibitions Series
The beautiful twin works, Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes were originally part of series of seven sculptures in Aycock’s significant outdoor exhibition on Park Avenue in Manhattan, entitled Park Avenue Paper Chase. Inspired by the wind and the frenetic energy of city life, these two sculptures will remain on display in the garden. References to nature and industry intermingle as viewers walk around each sculpture sensing the whirling, organic shapes made from aluminum and fiberglass.

Aycock has often focused on creating public art installations, from her pioneering early land art in the 1970s, to these current complex objects made of fiberglass and aluminum. Alice Aycock has lived in New York City since 1968. Her work is in a number of collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, LA County Museum of Art, Storm King Art Center, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and the National Gallery, as well as on view in cities across the United States. She has been included in the prestigious global exhibitions The Venice Biennale, Documenta VI and VIII and the Whitney Biennial.

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