Welcome back to OMAA Online and our ARTifacts Series. Today’s behind-the-scenes tour explores the connection between 17th- century Dutch vanitas paintings and the still life florals of contemporary artist Kathleen Speranza. Enjoy this curator-led, installation preview and be sure to share your questions and thoughts in the comment line. “Vanitas Vita: Kathleen Speranza” opens to the public on July 1st along with “Light Southerly: Henry Strater in Verde Valley“; The View from Narrow Cove”; “Charles Woodbury: Open Studio” ;“Nocturne: Emily Nelligan” and “After Party: Andy Rosen.”
A major advocate of cubist-influenced Precisionism, Charles Demuth’s celebrated industrial landscapes established his career as a Modernist. Yet Demuth achieved equal regard for his poetic still-life florals, primarily painted in watercolor. Most of Demuth’s florals were created at his Lancaster, Pennsylvania home from gardens tended by the artist and his mother. The still lifes represent the peak of his career between 1915-1920.
Welcome to OMAA Online! Today, as part of our ARTifacts Series, OMAA Online is sharing a curator-led crossword game suitable for younger viewers and art lovers alike. We hope you will join us as we continue to share gallery tours, works of art, themed stories from the collection, and behind-the-scenes tours of exhibition installation.
On your next visit to OMAA, you'll see Frances Kent Lamont's "Bird Afloat" prominently displayed on a pedestal as you round the corner into the gallery. Several works currently on view, including "Bird Afloat," were exhibited in the Initial Exhibition of 1953 at the opening of the Museum of Art of Ogunquit.
Romare Bearden is noted for his paintings and collages specific to the African American experience. His imagery frequently references the “great migration” of Black American citizens from the South to the North, themes that prompted Downtown Gallery director Edith Halpert to represent greater numbers of Black artists in a series of exhibitions in New York between 1930-1950.