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‘Mary Cassatt and the Art of Subversive Beauty’ Webinar
March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
New York Adventure Club | www.AdventureClub.com
American women artists often get dismissed for depicting traditional scenes of domestic life — but is there more to that picture than meets the eye? For artists like Mary Cassatt and Cecilia Beaux, they did just that — they built careers showcasing the subjects they were ‘expected’ to depict, but layering in complex themes and scenes that challenged convention. It’s time to resuscitate the joy and beauty of the works of these women painters and sculptors, while also appreciating their subtle ingenuity.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the artworks of American women artists of the Gilded Age and their style and techniques that subverted the status quo and broke the rules.
Led by Rena Tobey, American Art Historian and Professor at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, our artistic deep dive will include:
- An analytical look at Mary Cassatt’s paintings
- An introduction to Cecilia Beaux, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and other artists working in the U.S. in the late 1800s and early 1900s
- A consideration of their career choices, from Mary Cassatt leaving the U.S. for Paris in frustration, to why Cecilia Beaux and a number of other painters and sculptors decided to stay put
- An appreciation of techniques these artists used that were distinctly modern
- Renewed pleasure in seemingly mundane moments of everyday life
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Rena — any and all questions about these artworks are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually!
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
Rena Tobey is an American art historian whose passion centers on making art accessible, insightful, and fun. She teaches at NYU’s School for Professional Studies and conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum. Rena’s research and writing centers on American women artists working before 1945, with particular interest in the challenges they faced in bucking societal norms.
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