Art At Noon

Women Picturing Women

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Abby King
Hilda Belcher (American, 1881–1963),The Checkered Dress (Portrait of O'Keeffe), 1907

Selected from the rich holdings of the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Women Picturing Women: From Personal Spaces to Public Ventures explores the common themes and complex visions that emerge when women depict women. The exhibition features works dating from the seventeenth century to the 1960s by Angelica Kauffman, Berthe Morisot, Jesse Tarbox Beals, Hilda Belcher, Alice Neel, Sylvia Sleigh, and many others.

In this special Art at Noon, curator Patricia Phagan looks at these works through private and public lenses, with the circumstances of the artist, her training, and the content of the work in focus. Women Picturing Women ends just before the 1970s, when the feminist movement began casting a brilliant light upon art made by women.

With special guest Dr. Anna O Marley, this lecture will tie into the upcoming exhibition Women in Motion: 150 Years of Women's Artistic Networks at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

More about the speaker:
Patricia Phagan is the former Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. As a curator for thirty-four years, she has organized dozens of exhibitions at Vassar and at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, her previous post. An author and editor, she received her Ph.D. in Art History from City University of New York Graduate Center with a dissertation on American political cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s.

Caption for included image: Hilda Belcher (American, 1881–1963). The Checkered Dress (Portrait of O'Keeffe), 1907. Watercolor and gouache. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. Bequest of Mary S. Bedell, class of 1873