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02 Nov 2022

In Dreams Awake

6:00-7:15 p.m. EDT

The exhibition Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered presents stylized paintings of landscapes, animals and female figures. Often nude, the portraits are disarming, turning women’s bodies into fantastically flattened eroticized figures. This program will explore Hirshfield’s visual imagination while posing questions concerning his male gaze.

Hosted and moderated by art critic Isabella Segalovich, the discussion will feature three women artists who all defy realism in their combination of bright colors, decorative motifs, mythology and popular culture. Painter Susan Bee produces mythological paintings where archetypes are used to render social and personal struggles. Sculptor Kathy Ruttenberg composes fairytale ceramic tableaux where female figures merge with animal and floral figures. Painter Jamea Richmond-Edwards offers parables of the present and the future with mystical versions of herself and others.

These three unique practitioners will share exhibition highlights, with a focus on the painter’s pleasurable fantasy. This program pays tribute to folk and self-taught modernisms while reevaluating the place and representation of women in the canon.

The program is free, but space is limited. Click below for more information and to reserve your spot.

Image Credits:

Left: Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Where the Spooks Dwell, 2021, Ink, colored pencil, marker, acrylic, jewelry, rhinestones, glitter, fabric and mixed media collage on paper, 78 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Center: Kathy Ruttenberg, Confessions of a Tree, 2009, Ceramic, 33.5 x 17.5 x 15.5 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Right: Susan Bee, Naiad, 2019, oil and enamel on linen, 24 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

6:00 pm–7:15 pm

Virtual; free with registration