Four (More) Modern Women: O'Keeffe's Contemporaries
Taught by Jessica Murphy
Jessica Murphy is an art historian and educator who works in visitor engagement at the Brooklyn Museum and leads gallery lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She’s also a freelance writer and she happens to be obsessed with perfume, so she’s been contributing fragrance reviews for nearly a decade to the blog Now Smell This. She’s always looking for new ways to connect her passions for art, fragrance, history, and popular culture. Jessica blogs at Perfume Professor.
Georgia O’Keeffe may be the most famous American woman artist of the twentieth century, but there were definitely others working and breaking boundaries at the same time.
This class is an introduction to four other female artists based in New York between 1900 and 1940: Peggy Bacon, Abastenia St. Leger Eberle, Isabel Whitney, and Florine Stettheimer. Each artist had her own signature subject and style, from Bacon's scenes of bohemian life to Whitney's depictions of a changing Brooklyn, from Stettheimer's colorful family portraits to Eberle's realistic sculptures of immigrants. Yet these women shared similar challenges, balancing their creative output with family life, other employment, and/or commitment to social causes. In this session we’ll look at works from these four artists and learn how they negotiated the opportunities and constraints of their era.