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Betsy Fahlman: “Transgressing Boundaries: Women Artists

Thursday, April 9, 2015
3:00pm – 4:15pm

Storrs Campus
Art Building 107

Betsy Fahlman: “Transgressing Boundaries: Women Artists of the American West." The landmark exhibition organized in 1995 by the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, “Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945” revealed the exceptional talents of the many artists who were NOT Georgia O’Keeffe. This lecture will consider the many extraordinary women working in in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Utah, and the Northwest Coast. These included painters, architects (Julia Morgan designed the Hearst Castle in San Simeon and Mary Jane Colter worked for the Fred Harvey Company), patrons (Millicent Rogers founded a museum that bears her name in Taos to house her collection), photographers (Kate Cory, Laura Gilpin, Evelyn Cameron, Imogen Cunningham, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Marion Post Wolcott) and cultural enthusiasts who helped brand the Southwest to tourists (for instance Mabel Dodge of Taos). The Santa Fe Railway, which began forming a significant corporate art collection in the 1890s, played an important role, and purchased the work of many women artists.

Biography: Betsy Fahlman is a Professor of Art History at Arizona State University, where she has taught since 1988. She did her undergraduate work at Mount Holyoke College, and graduate work at the University of Delaware, where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. A specialist in American Art, her interests include public art, American modernism, the New Deal, the American West, and industrial archeology. Her books include Kraushaar Galleries: Celebrating 125 Years (2010), New Deal Art in Arizona (2009), Wonders of Work and Labor: The Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art (2008), James Graham & Sons: A Century and a Half in the Art Business (2007), Chimneys and Towers: Charles Demuth’s Late Paintings of Lancaster (2007), and Guy Pène du Bois: Painter of Modern Life (2004).

This event is generously supported with funding from the Art and Art History department and the Fund for Interdisciplinary Research Endeavors


Veronica Makowsky, veronica

English Department (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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