Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art
Woodmere Art Museum
July 26 – October 26, 2014
A Century in Art is the first retrospective dedicated to the work of Theresa Bernstein (1890–2002), an artist who achieved celebrity for “painting like a man” in the 1910s and went on to produce vibrant, expressive canvases for eight more decades. She attended the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art & Design) before moving to New York. She exhibited with Ashcan School painters and was a founding member of the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists active from 1917 to 1945. Bernstein is known for her depictions of immigrant women and the working class in their everyday environments, as well as scenes set in such diverse locales as jazz clubs, Carnegie Hall, Coney Island, and Gloucester, Massachusetts. A Century in Art will feature more than fifty works. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this remarkable traveling exhibition at Woodmere, its only Philadelphia venue. This exhibition has been organized by Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Lecture and Gallery Talk:
Theresa Bernstein, Artist of the Twentieth Century
Lecturer: Michele Cohen
Saturday, July 26 | 3:00 pm
Art historian, Michele Cohen, will reflect on the life and artistic career of Theresa Bernstein, exploring how her connections to Philadelphia, New York, and Gloucester contributed to her artistic development. A close friend of Bernstein’s who curated the first major museum exhibition of her work at the Museum of the City of New York in 1990, Dr. Cohen will provide a deeper understanding of Bernstein as a woman painter in the twentieth century. As a consulting scholar on the current exhibition, Dr. Cohen also contributed “Theresa Bernstein in Gloucester: Shaping Artistic Identity,” to the exhibition catalogue.
Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art
Lecturer: Gail Levin
Saturday, September 13 | 3:00 pm
Gail Levin, organizer and curator of Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art will explore the art and life of Theresa Bernstein. Levin, is Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. As the authority on the American realist painter, Edward Hopper, Dr. Levin is an acknowledged scholar and curator whose work on twentieth century and contemporary art has garnered international acclaim. Her work has been widely published and translated throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.
Open House Reception
Saturday, September 13 | 4:00-6:00 pm
Gender and Modernity: Bernstein and Her Milieu
Speaker: Christine Filippone, Ph.D.
Monday, October 13, 2014 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Christine Filippone, Assistant Professor of Art History at Millersville University, will discuss the nuances of changing gender roles in the early twentieth century, and how these affected the early career of Theresa Bernstein.
The Art of Observation
Speaker: Flo Gelo, Assoc. Professor, Medical Humanities, Drexel University College of Medicine
Monday, October 20, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.
Looking closely at the art of Theresa Bernstein, visitors will cultivate a special kind of seeing that focuses on how the artist captured the intimacies of human activity, psychological and emotional expression, and dramatic gesture.
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