Farnsworth offers Bellows lecture
Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by scholar Marianne Doezema on Realism and Resonance: George Bellows Paints the Urban Landscape and the Sea Wednesday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the downtown museum’s auditorium. The talk is in association with the exhibition “Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent, and Monhegan,” currently on display at the museum’s Wyeth Center.
Contemporaries Kent and Bellows were students of Robert Henri, who introduced them to Monhegan Island. Unlike Kent, who rarely painted urban scenes, Bellow’s early paintings of New York celebrated the city’s bigness and boldness. This lecture will look at a number of Bellows’ urban themes; why his paintings were acclaimed by conservatives, progressives and radicals alike; and his engagement with the sea following his visit to Monhegan Island with Henri.
Doezema has held professional positions in a number of museums including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art and, most recently, as director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She received her doctorate in American studies from Boston University and has authored and edited numerous publications including “George Bellows and Urban America” (Yale University Press, 1992) and “Reading American Art”(Yale University Press, 1998). Forthcoming is an additional essay, "George Bellows Depicting the Lower East Side," in the National Gallery's retrospective exhibition catalog of Bellows’ work to be published before the end of this year.
Seating is limited to 60 people. The fee is $8, $5 for museum members. For reservations, call the education department at 596-0949 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org/education.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.