Women Artists Who Broke the Mold - 92Y, New York

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Women Artists Who Broke the Mold

Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton

In honor of National Women’s History Month, March 2020, 92nd Street Y in Manhattan will present lectures examining the life and art of four fascinating late 19th and 20th century artists in depth: Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Nevelson, and Frida Kahlo.

12-2:30 pm, includes light refreshments.

Fri, Mar 27

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) and American Impressionism. Having determined to be an artist at an early age, feisty Cassatt left her wealthy Pennsylvania family and moved to Paris. There she exhibited her paintings at the Salon, befriended the French Impressionists, and soon became part of the French Impressionist movement. In her paintings and prints, Cassatt favored women and children for her subjects, which she depicted with sensitivity rather than sentimentality. She encouraged her wealthy American friends to collect French Impressionist paintings.

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) and 20th-Century Modernism. Born in a farmhouse in Wisconsin, O’Keeffe is especially celebrated for her paintings of flowers–-although they are actually factually recorded, they are so large, seen so close up, and so sumptuously colored to verge on abstraction. She loved the vast American southwest where she enjoyed the solitude as well as the colors and picturesque shapes of the rocky landscape. Visit the two adobe homes in New Mexico of an artist described as a “loner.”

Fri, Apr 3

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) and Abstract Expressionist Sculpture. Nevelson’s family emigrated from Russia to the United States when she was 6 years old. Famous as the originator of a unique form of sculpture, Nevelson created large-scale constructions (she called them “environments”) by arranging bits and pieces of found wood into compositions, organized inside wood boxes, joined together into wall-like sculptures, and painted a single solid color—most often black. Among her many artistic creations was her own eccentric attire.

Frida Kahlo (1907-54) and Painfully Personal Portraiture. Kahlo was born and died in the same house in Mexico City. Her detailed and intimate depictions of the extreme physical and emotional pain of her life create a personal and captivating diary executed with a paint brush rather than a pen. In addition to polio that affected one leg, she said there were two major accidents in her life: The first was a crippling trolley crash that irreparably damaged her spine, the second her marriage to the Mexican painter Diego Rivera. She said the second was the worst.

Instructor

Janetta Rebold Benton

Janetta Rebold Benton is the Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, NY. She is the recipient of a second Fulbright Scholar Award as visiting professor in the graduate school of Art History, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2018. Previously she received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award as visiting professor in the graduate school of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012. Dr. Benton presents subscription seminars at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. She presented subscription lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, every season 1988-2011, and at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC. She has also lectured at The Cloisters, NYC; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; and elsewhere in America and abroad, including the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Louvre, Paris, France. She is the Expert Lecturer on Smithsonian and Metropolitan Muse ...

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