In conjunction with the exhibition Graphic Women, Crawford Alexander Mann III, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum will examine American women artists who ambitiously forged international careers. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, many women found greater professional opportunities and creative freedom by working abroad. While Mary Cassatt moved to Paris and famously exhibited with Degas and the French Impressionists, women sculptors like Harriet Hosmer established thriving studios in Rome. Others looked east for inspiration, including printmaker Helen Hyde, who lived in Japan and studied Asian woodblock techniques. Discover the variety of advantages and challenges these artists encountered as they expanded the borders of American art and paved the way for later generations of women to pursue global artistic careers.
Spring 2018 Art-at-Lunch lectures are made possible in memory of Mildred T. Lefkoe, a beloved member of the docent corps, having been its first vice president, 1987-89, and president, 1989-91.