American Women Modernists (31/1, 7, 14, 21/2/20)
We are super excited to have found Samantha Niederman, a scholar, curator and author in 20th century Modernism, who will be delivering a series of 4 talks on American Women Modernists.
At the beginning of the 20th century American women were some of the most incredible pioneers in starting world class collections and museums (The Metropolitan Museum, the MoMA, the Guggenheim, and the Frick Collection all in New York for instance), but also as artists themselves.
Samantha will dive into the known and lesser known (but should be known!) when she discusses 4 women artists and the work they produced between 1910-1930.
Friday 31/1/20: Georgia O'Keeffe: 'Filling a space in a beautiful way'
Georgia O'Keeffe engaged with modernism in compelling ways and developed a distinctive aesthetic voice throughout her career spanning six decades. This course will explore O'Keeffe's abstractions of her more prominent paintings of flowers and animal skulls, as well as the artist's lesser known New York cityscapes and New Mexico landscapes.
7/2/20: Florine Stettheimer: 'And what I should like is to paint...'
Born into a wealthy family of German-Jewish ancestry, Florine Stettheimer was a modernist painter and poet, as well as a stage and costume designer. Stettheimer never shunned feminine tropes in her modernist pictorial language but instead delighted in painting whimsical scenes with decorative flair. Part-portraiture and part-genre, Stettheimer's paintings serve as a diary to her lively social, upper-class life.
14/2/20: Helen Torr: 'Real women should keep voices + color (in painting) lower.'
Using an abstracted approach to characterise the rhythms and harmonies of everyday existence, Helen Torr sought to express the underlying spirit of her surrounding environment. Torr lived and worked on a yawl sailing along the Long Island Sound with her husband, who was one of America's first internationally recognised modernists-- Arthur Dove. This course will examine this lesser known modernist, but who was equally engaging in her own right.
21/2/20: Marguerite Zorach: 'Only paint and spirit!'
After gaining an avant-garde education in Paris, the centre of the art world during the early-twentieth century, Marguerite Zorach (then Thompson) returned to America and settled in New York City with her husband, sculptor William Zorach. Unlike the other three women modernists in this series, Zorach was the only artist to balance her career with raising a child. Nevertheless, Zorach excelled as a graphic artist, painter and weaver of embroidered tapestries.
Old Town Hall
Richmond TW9 1TP
£12 per lecture (Please book the number of tickets you would like to buy, and specify the dates separatedly)