Lectures focus on ‘Recent Acquisitions’

Feb 20, 2013
Bequest of Beth Straus Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Special No. 38 (Canna Leaves)” is a 1920-1921 watercolor and graphite on paper.

Rockland — Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 27, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture series focusing on its current “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition. The two-part series will take place on consecutive Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the downtown museum.

The illustrated lectures will provide an in-depth look into works recently acquired by the Farnsworth, which are currently part of the “Recent Acquisitions exhibition,” on view through March 10 in the Craig Gallery. Important American modernists Marguerite Zorach, William Zorach and Georgia O’Keeffe all were born in the 1880s and became significant artistic figures in the 20th century — inspired as they were by nature and by the feminine.

The first lecture on Marguerite and William Zorach, will take place Feb. 27. Painter and textile artist Marguerite Thompson Zorach and painter and sculptor William Zorach were a well-known couple within early 20th century modernist circles and throughout their careers. Both artists incorporated elements of the environment they knew best — their family, friends and surroundings. Identical motifs appear from time to time in a range of works by both artists including the works on view in the exhibition: a block print by Marguerite Zorach; and two works, an art deco linocut and a watercolor, by William Zorach. Assistant curator Jane Bianco will discuss the distinctive and sometimes similar viewpoints conveyed by these and other works by the Zorachs.

The second lecture, The Early Drawings of Georgia O’Keeffe, will take place on March 6. O’Keeffe’s famed career began in 1917 when she first showed a series of drawings and watercolors at Alfred Stieglitz’s 291 Gallery in New York City. By focusing on two recent acquisitions of her early work, this lecture examines the importance of drawing and watercolors in her art practice and in the critical reception of her groundbreaking imagery. Susan Danly, former senior curator at the Portland Museum of Art and author of “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity,” will discuss how these two facets of O’Keeffe’s life became so intertwined.

Both lectures will take place in the museum Auditorium. The cost for the series is $26, $20 for Farnsworth members. Individual lecture tickets are available as well, $16 or $12 for members. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact 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, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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