Lecture transcript: https://bit.ly/2XUPG1i
As the second lecture in a series of three around the exhibition “Fitz Henry Lane and Mary Blood Mellen: Old Mysteries and New Discoveries” held at the Cape Ann Museum from July 7, 2007, through September 16, 2007, this video features Erica Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, senior curator of American Paintings. Hirshler presents an extensive survey of notable 19th century female American artists and traces the evolution of the issues they faced as women working in a field dominated by men and ruled by shifting societal norms. Hirshler also discusses the limited information available about female artists from this period because they were not evaluated and collected in the same way as male artists. As a result, fully understanding their art can be hindered by not knowing more about what they did. Many of the artists Hirshler references were from the New England area, including Cape Ann.
Subject List: Henrietta Deering Johnston; Anne Whitney; Anna Claypoole Peale; Mary Cassatt; Jane Cooper Sully; Bessie Potter Vonnoh; Jane Stuart; Anna Hyatt Huntington; Sarah Goodrich; Virginia Demetrios; Susanna Paine; Ellen Day Hale; Lilly Martin Spencer; Cecilia Beaux; Fidelia Bridges; Edgar Degas; Frances Flora; Bond Palmer; Erica Hirshler; Harriet Hosmer; Lane Lecture Series; Edmonia Lewis.