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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 · 1:00 pm

$75.00 for Member · $90.00 for Non-Member · $50.00 for Student (w/ Valid ID)

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Art History Lecture Series
March 27th
April 3rd, 10th, 17th
May 1st
1 - 2pm 
$75 Member / $90 Non-member / $50 student with valid ID
Includes Museum admission. Advance registration is required.

 
Part I: Magical & Real, The Life and Work of Henriette Wyeth
Tuesday, March 27, 1-2 pm
By Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator, Michener Art Museum
The eldest child of N. C. Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth (1907-1997) began working with her father in his studio from the moment she could hold a pencil. She was revered locally for her talent as a portraitist and earned critical recognition for her luminous and lyrical large-scale fantasies, which have overtones of Georgia O’Keeffe and Marie Laurencin. Dr. Jensen will discuss Wyeth’s early training and career, her relationship with her father and his student Peter Hurd, her 11-year struggle to determine whether Pennsylvania or New Mexico would be home, and the last five decades of her 70-year career in New Mexico.


Part II: "An Enduring Record" Peter Hurd's World War II Art for Life Magazine
Tuesday, April 3, 1-2 pm
By Melissa Renn, Ph.D. Art Historian and Curator

During the war, Life magazine sent artists worldwide to record in paint all aspects of war, from preparations on the home front to battles abroad. As an artist correspondent from 1942 to 1944, Hurd traveled around the world, from England to Ascension Island. This lecture will also place Hurd’s work in the context of art by other artist correspondents for Life and will explore the motivations behind the magazine’s wartime art commissions.

Art historian and curator Melissa Renn has written on American art from the 18th to the 20th centuries. She has researched and published on Life magazine’s impact on American art and is the co-author, with Adair Margo, of Tom Lea, Life Magazine, and World War II (El Paso, TX: Tom Lea Institute, 2016).

Part III: "This ambition which haunts me every moment" The Multifaceted Career of Peter Hurd
Tuesday, April 10, 1-2 pm
By Sara Woodbury, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Roswell Museum and Art Center

Co-curator Sara Woodbury will discuss the life and career of Peter Hurd, his New Deal mural projects, and the development of Sentinel Ranch in San Patricio, New Mexico, where Wyeth and Hurd settled permanently in 1940.

Sara Woodbury earned her master’s degree in art history from Williams College and has been curator of collections and exhibitions at the Roswell Museum and Art Center since 2013.

Part IV: The Wyeths of Chadds Ford
Tuesday, April 17, 1-2 pm
By Christine B. Podmaniczky, Curator, N.C. Wyeth Collections and Historic Properties, Brandywine River Museum of Art

What was it like growing up in the family of the renowned artist/illustrator N. C. Wyeth? Christine Podmaniczky, curator of N. C. Wyeth collections and historic properties at the Brandywine River Museum of Art and author of the N. C. Wyeth catalogue raisonné, will talk about the setting in Chadds Ford and the formative years of the Wyeth children, largely guided by their hands-on famous father. N. C. Wyeth felt that creative adults were those who retained the spirit of childhood, and he went to great lengths to provide his children with opportunities for experiences that would significantly shape their adult lives.

Christine B. Podmaniczky holds an MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the history of art. Her involvement with the art of the Wyeth family began in 1980 at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, where she worked as curator until 1985.

Part V: Family ties as seen through materials and techniques: N.C. Wyeth, Peter Hurd, and Andrew Wyeth
Tuesday, May 1, 1-2 pm
By Joyce Hill Stoner, Ph.D., the Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture at the University of Delaware and Professor of Paintings Conservation for the Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation

Peter Hurd studied painting with N. C. Wyeth, but also taught the tempera technique to his teacher and to his brother-in-law Andrew, who felt strongly that Peter Hurd was one of two outsiders who contributed the most to the Wyeth family (the other was Betsy Wyeth). Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner will discuss her findings about family relationships and techniques gained through multiple conversations with Andrew and Betsy Wyeth.

Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner, who serves as conservator to the Wyeth family, earned her Master’s degree in conservation from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU and her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Delaware. She has taught paintings conservation for the Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation for 41 years, serving as its director for 15 of those years. She was Andrew Wyeth’s conservator for the last 12 years of his life; he painted her portrait in 1999.

 

 

 

Caption: Peter Hurd, Shower in a Dry Year, 1969. Egg tempera on panel. Albuquerque Museum, Museum purchase, 1985 General Obligation Bonds

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