Patrons, Portraits, and a “Magic Garden”
January 29@1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
$10 member | $20 non-member
Price includes Museum admission
By Jessica Murphy, Manager of Visitor Engagement, Brooklyn Museum
Newly conserved and exhibited for the first time in a century, In Exaltation of Flowers gives us an intimate look into a close-knit artistic circle on the eve of World War I. Edward Steichen painted this seven-panel mural for financier Eugene Meyer and his wife, Agnes Ernst Meyer, who planned to install it in their Manhattan townhouse. Like the flowers that Steichen cultivated in the garden at his French country home, this project was a “hybrid” work: it combined portraiture with elements from Symbolist painting, Pictorialist photography, and fashion illustration. This talk will tell the mural’s story within the context of Steichen’s work and the creative pursuits he shared with his patrons and friends, unfolding some of the details that made it such a personal project for the artist.
Jessica Murphy is Manager of Visitor Engagement at the Brooklyn Museum. She previously worked in research positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has published regularly on topics in American Modernism. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Delaware.
Image: Edward J. Steichen (1879–1973), In Exaltation of Flowers (detail), 1910–1913. Courtesy of Art Bridges.