Still and Solemn Power: Contemplating Landscapes
Please join Dr. Anna O. Marley for a close-looking tour of the 19th and 20th century landscape paintings in Making American Artists: Stories from PAFA, 1776 - 1976. Landscapes show more than just the beauty of the natural environment—they also reveal the biases, agendas and historical problems of the times from which they come. This evening will explore the missing stories and difficult narratives embedded in American landscape traditions of representation, bringing to the foreground the role of women and Black American artists who innovated within, and expanded upon the genre of landscape painting.
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Rooftop Reception with Artist Mia Rosenthal
Our conversations will continue in PAFA's rooftop lounge where we will take in the beautiful cityscape view of Philadelphia at night and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. At the reception we welcome our special guest, Mia Rosenthal, a contemporary artist who makes observational drawings from the unobservable.* Mia will demonstrate her techniques on one of her works-in-progress, while discussing her inventive approach to exploring the world around her.
Mia Rosenthal (MFA ’08) is a works on paper artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her drawings are included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Columbus Museum, Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art), Woodmere Art Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center, Texas State University and The New York Public Library, as well as many corporate and private collections. She holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BFA from Parsons School of Design. She was awarded a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund Grant for the Performing and Visual Arts and a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.
Mia Rosenthal (b. 1977), Mont Blanc, 2015. Ink on paper, 39 1/2 x 26 in. (100.33 x 66.04 cm.). Museum Purchase, 2015.36.1.
*Jodi Throckmorton from her essay for the exhibition catalogue Mia Rosenthal: Paper Lens, a solo exhibition at PAFA in 2015.
The event title is taken from a poem by Percy Blysshe Shelley, Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni. 1816. Section V.
Main Image: Marianna Sloan (1875 – 1954), A Rocky Beach, ca. 1914, Oil on canvas, framed: 37 1/4 x 44 1/4 x 2 in. (94.615 x 112.395 x 5.08 cm.); 26 3/16 x 33 3/16 in. (66.51625 x 84.29625 cm.), 1915.6, John Lambert Fund.