The Mennello Museum of American Art is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts.
The Mennello Museum of American Art is owned and operated by the City of Orlando.
WELCOME TO THE MENNELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART!
The Mennello Museum of American Art, established in November 1998, is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. This cultural gem located in Loch Haven Cultural Park, minutes from downtown Orlando, is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of local philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips. Among the Mennello Museum’s many treasures is the permanent collection of paintings by self-taught artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977), which was generously donated from the collection of Michael A. Mennello and Marilyn Logsdon Mennello. This collection of Cunninghams is the largest in existence, and a rotating selection of paintings remains on display.
The Mennello Museum uses its multiple gallery spaces to showcase changing exhibitions featuring American art of all genres and time periods, including original as well as traveling shows. Because of its affiliation with the City of Orlando, the Mennello Museum draws from the City of Orlando Permanent Collection, the largest public art collection in the state of Florida. The museum is also a Smithsonian Affiliate, a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational, and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources.
Tucked away on the shore of Lake Formosa, the Mennello Museum has undeniable charm. The Sculpture Garden is always open to the public and is most most recognized for the 350-year-plus sprawling live oak tree draped with Spanish moss that is called “The Mayor.” Numerous sculptures can be found in the surrounding Old Florida landscape and walking paths, which merge into the larger Orlando Urban Trail bicycle and pedestrian path. The Sculpture Garden is the site of the Indie-Folkfest at the Mennello Museum in February and the Kids Fringe Festival the last two weekends in May.
Pop Art took the American art scene by storm approximately 50 years ago. When New York dealer Leo Castelli first showed Pop Art in his gallery in 1962, it was embraced by the audience who responded to the familiar subjects -- flat forms, bright colors and sly commentaries made on the mass culture of the era. Printmaking was an ideal medium for the Pop artists. The commercial techniques of screen printing and lithography were well suited to reproducing the magazine, newspaper and comic-strip images favored by many of the artists. From the commercial viewpoint of the galleries, print editions made this imagery more affordable to a large audience that wanted to buy the art.
Pop Art Prints presents a selection of 37 prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection. The installation includes works from primarily the 1960s by Allan D’Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. The installation is part of a series that highlights objects from the Smithsonian’s collection that are rarely on public view. This exhibition will be the first of only three museum engagements. The prints on display were selected by Joann Moser, deputy chief curator. Pop Art Prints is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.