Friday, October 07, 2011

Opportunity: Mary G.L. Hood Exhibition and Art History Lectures at Woodmere Museum

Mary G. L. Hood and Philadelphia Modernism
September 25, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Women artists were central to the evolution of modern art in twentieth-century Philadelphia. Among them was Mary G. L. Hood (1886–1967), a painter whose art is characterized by brilliant color, a lyrical sense of line, a playful willingness to distort spatial relations, and a flirtation with primitivism. This exhibition of some seventy-five paintings also features work by Hood's daughter, Agnes Hood Miller (1908–1967), and other artists who similarly found their voices amid the convergence of modernist forces in Philadelphia and New Hope. Cell phone audio tour available. (Image: Mary G.L. Hood (1886-1967), Untitled, undated, oil on canvas, 12 x 10 in. Collection of Sarah Hood Bodine.)


Preregistration is suggested for all programs, as space is limited.

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Dialogues is sponsored in part by the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.

Witness to the Creative: Mary G. L. Hood and Agnes Hood Miller
Saturday, October 1, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Sarah Hood Bodine, artist
$15 ($10 members)

Sarah Hood Bodine, the granddaughter of Mary G. L. Hood and niece of Agnes Hood Miller, will discuss the years (1941–1967) that her grandmother and aunt spent at Springdale Farm, New Hope, where she often visited them as a child. Wine and cheese will be served.

Mary G. L. Hood and Modernism in Philadelphia
Saturday, October 15, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Barbara Wolanin, PhD (WCA/DC Member and National WCA)
Art historian, curator, expert on Arthur B. Carles and his circle.
$15 ($10 members)
The illustrated lecture will expand on the teachers, fellow students, and exhibitions that broadened Hood’s awareness and understanding of modern art even though the artist herself never left Philadelphia. Dr. Wolanin authored the essay for the 2000 exhibition The Orchestration of Color: The Paintings of Arthur B. Carles at Woodmere and has also written about several of Carles’s students. Woodmere’s new acquisition Abstract Bouquet by Carles is on view in the Hood exhibition. Wine and cheese will be served.
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