Elsie Driggs: The Quick and the Classical


Elsie Driggs: The Quick and the Classical

January 19, 2008 - April 13, 2008

Although more widely recognized for her early Precisionist paintings, Elsie Driggs(1898-1992) created plant life paintings, animal paintings, watercolors of figures in urban settings, as well as murals based on folktales. This exhibition will present over 50 works from throughout Driggs’ life, including collages, mixed media constructions, and oil paintings inspired by memories of her student days in Italy and the dynamism of New York during the seventies and eighties.

This exhibit features work from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Montclair Museum of Art in New Jersey, Citibank, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, the Corcoran Gallery and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Organized by the Michener Art Museum, the exhibition is accompanied by a major publication that is being authored by the Michener’s Curator of Collections Constance Kimmerle and copublished by the University of Pennsylvania Press and the Michener Art Museum.