No RSVP required. Free gallery talks by leading curators, historians, scholars and artists explore the Timken collection and special exhibitions.


July 21, 2016 12:30 p.m.
Talk Title: Exploring Place and Artistic Identity in Late Nineteenth-Century American Paintings
Speaker: Karen K. Butler, Independent Curator

This talk explores how place – from the locales depicted to the places where artists worked and studied – informed the development of artistic identity in the works on view in the exhibition American Art from a Pacific Northwest Collection, 1860-1915. A number of the works in the exhibition depict the landscape as a place of refuge from the onslaught of industrialization and modern life; in others place becomes the means for extreme artistic experimentation; and in still others interior scenes evoke the sense of anomie thought to be experienced by individuals in the late nineteenth century. Many of the artists in the exhibition traveled from America to Europe to study the most important international movements of the day, thus location also deeply influenced how and what many of these artists painted upon their return to the US. 

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