The downtown Farnsworth Art Museum will preview its major summer retrospective of the works of Marguerite Zorach with a special lecture by Betsy Fahlman Sunday, June 11, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.

Fahlman’s talk is titled Marguerite Zorach and the New Deal. The retrospective, “Marguerite Zorach — An Art-Filled Life,” will be on display in the museum’s Micah, Sam and Tim galleries of the Morehouse wing June 17 through Jan. 7.

While scholarship on Zorach has traditionally emphasized her modernist work, few have considered her work under the New Deal. Between 1938 and 1942, Zorach received four commissions for post offices in Peterborough, N.H.; Ripley, Tenn.; Fresno, Calif.; and Monticello, Ind.

All were executed in her Maine studio, where she drew on the people, animals and landscapes she had become familiar with at Robinhood Farm. The New Deal era was a productive period for Zorach, and her post office murals aligned representational modes with the modernist practice characteristic of her work through the 1920s.

A New Hampshire native, Fahlman has been a professor of art history at Arizona State University since 1988. A specialist in American art, her scholarship has a strong focus on American modernism, the New Deal and female artists. She comes to Maine every year to spend several weeks on Monhegan Island.

Admission to the talk is $8, $5 for museum members. For more information, visit

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