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Women: A Century of Art featuring Louise Nevelson: Selections from the Farnsworth Art Museum


The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is presenting a trio of concurrent exhibitions exploring the contributions and diversity of expression by women artists during the past 100 years.   Women: A Century of Art will open at Peninsula Fine Arts Center June 26 and continue through August 26, 2004


Louise Nevelson: Selections from the Farnsworth Art Museum

Presenting 37 works from the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, this exhibition is a remarkable collection of drawings, paintings and three-dimensional works honoring a dynamic talent who emerged as the most celebrated female sculptor in the history of American modernism. (right: Louise Nevelson, Female Nude, c. 1929)

Born a Jew in tsarist Russia in 1899, immigrated to the United States in 1905, married and moved to New York in 1920, Nevelson's life and art embody a century of change and metamorphosis.  Nevelson received recognition from her schoolteachers at an early age as "The Artist."  She studied at the Art Students League with artists Hans Hofmann and Chaim Gross, and served as assistant to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.

Tracing Nevelson's career from her student days, through her various influences, up to the discovery of her mature voice as an artist, this show offers a unique perspective of one who rode the crest of a dynamic international art movement.   In the words of her dealer and friend of many years, Arnold Glimcher, "In her works, Nevelson arrests time.  She makes the moment accessible forever, and the fabric of time becomes a Nevelson wall, with each compartment available for discovery and exploration."

This summer, budding young artists can celebrate the art of Louise Nevelson by creating three-dimensional and relief sculptures in a room filled with boxes, frames, wooden objects, 4 by 8 foot panels and other materials. This expressive experience is free with PFAC admission.


Women: Art and Identity

Spanning the past 100 years, this group exhibition celebrates the work of world-renowned women artists, as well as notable Virginia artists.  Since ancient times, women artists have been creating works alongside their male counterparts.  Many of these women were highly successful during their life, yet they have been omitted from the history books.  For the past three decades, there has been a surge in scholarship on women artists, but they still struggle for visibility in the art world.

This show presents thirty works representing a diverse array of media and influences including folk art, painting, photography and sculpture.  Artists include Berenice Abbott, Nell Blaine, Margaret Bourke-White, Sally Bowring, Mary Cassatt, Ann Chenoweth, Hyun Chough, Janet Fish, Sondra Freckleton, Linda Gissen, Bessie Harvey, Jessica Hoffman, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Marlene Jack, Jean Craig Jones, Käthe Kollwitz, Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Misako Miyata, Theresa Pollak, Ruth Scarlott, Deborah Small, Nancy Camden Witt, and Malcah Zeldis


Women of the World: Watercolors by Rieneke Leenders 

Through a selection of her broad range of work, Leenders offers a glimpse into the lives and status of women around the world. 

Born in the Netherlands and now residing in Virginia Beach, Rieneke Leenders has traveled extensively, exploring six continents and 57 countries during her lifetime.  In 1981 she brought back 100-plus rolls of film from her travels, which have become her artistic catalyst for much of her recent work, including this exhibition.

Women: A Century of Art continues through August 26, 2004 and is funded in part by Ferguson Enterprises, Northrop Grumman Newport News, Raoust+Partners and the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula.

Accompanying Women: A Century of Art will be public programs and activities for children:

Sunday, August 1 -- Mynra Teck: Jewish Women Artists, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

This slide lecture examines the various art forms created by Jewish women reflecting their unique life experiences, particularly as they reacted to the culture and the times in which they lived. From painters to sculptors, printmakers and photographers, their art displays concerns for social equality as well as aesthetic issues

A world renowned educator, Dr. Teck is a National Endowment for the Arts recipient for "Art as Ideas: The Art of Jewish Life."  She has given similar presentations at The International Symposium on Jewish Art in Jerusalem and The International society for Education Through Art in Brisbane, Australia, as well as at prominent arts education conferences in the United States.

Women: A Century of Art is funded in party by Ferguson Enterprises, Northrop Grumman Newport News, Raoust+Partners, and the Unite4d Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula.


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