Totally Tuesday Talks

Join us for one of our 2021 Totally Tuesday Talks, conversations with fascinating artists, curators and others who provide further insight into our exhibitions, the Ogunquit art colony and more. Talks will be held virtually, via Zoom for the time being.

• June 29 (5pm–6pm): Anthony Moore in Conversation with Jean Gibran and Ken TurinoZOOM LINK 

A conversation with Anthony Moore, Jean Gibran, and Ken Turino, manager of community partnerships for Historic New England, related to the exhibition Khalil G. Gibran: The Surface and Below.


• July 6th (5pm–6pm): Donna Cassidy: Gendering the Maine Coast: Female Painters by the Sea  ZOOM LINK 

Late 19th-century critics celebrated Winslow Homer’s paintings of the Maine coast as big, powerful, and virile—masculine qualities that would describe representations of this locale well into the 20th century. The Maine coast thus was mapped as a manly domain, brought into view by vigorous brushwork and inhabited by rugged artists colonizing a new frontier. What was the place of female artists of the Ogunquit art colony in this context? How did gender operate in this space and how has it in historical narratives of Maine art? And what about modernist female artists who pictured the Maine shoreline at this same time—Marguerite Zorach and Georgia O’Keeffe, for example? In this lecture I want to propose preliminary answers to these questions as I think about these women by the sea in light of questions posed by feminist art history.

Donna Cassidy teaches courses on American art, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European art, as well as gender and the visual arts at the University of Southern Maine. For nearly thirty years, she also taught in USM’s American & New England Studies Program. Her articles on early twentieth-century American art have appeared in American Art, Winterthur Portfolio, and numerous anthologies and exhibition catalogues. She is the author of Painting the Musical City: Jazz and Cultural Identity in American Art, 1910-1940 (1997) and Marsden Hartley: Race, Region, and Nation (2005), and co-author (with Elizabeth Finch and Randall R. Griffey) of Marsden Hartley’s Maine (2017), the catalogue of the exhibition of the same name which she co-curated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Colby College Museum of Art. Her current research project investigates an aspect of modernism and transnationalism: Looking North: U.S. Artists in Quebec and Atlantic Canada 1890-1940.

Related to the exhibition Remember the Ladies: Women Painters in Ogunquit, 1900-1950.


• July 13 (5pm–6pm): Katherine French – Jo Sandman: Making the Leap   ZOOM LINK

Inspired by her stay at Black Mountain College in 1951, Jo Sandman approached art making as a thoughtful process of experimentation.  Katherine French, curator of the Sandman Legacy Project will discuss Sandman’s early experience at Black Mountain and its lasting impact on work that ranges from abstract expressionist painting, to folded fabric drawings, to collage and installation of industrial material, and finally to photographs that incorporated x-rays and carved pieces of coral and rock.    

Upon retirement as Director of Danforth Art in Framingham, MA, Katherine French moved to northern Vermont and is now curator for the Sandman Legacy Project helping to place work by the artist Jo Sandman in the permanent collection of museums across the country. Recipient of awards for curatorial excellence from the New England chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, she was named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the Boston Art Awards and also now works as an independent curator to create exhibitions for Catamount Arts, the Vermont Arts Council and numerous others. 

Katherine French, curator of the Jo Sandman Legacy Project speaks on the exhibition One Hand Clapping: Jo Sandman.


• July 20 (5pm–6pm): Celeste Roberge discusses her sculpture Chaise Gabion at OMAA  ZOOM LINK

Artist Celeste Roberge will discuss her work Chaise Gabion, currently on view in OMAA’s sculpture park and gardens. Roberge will reflect on the material culture and geological processes that led her to consider what the “chaise” represents in an art historical context and what it means within her own practice. Roberge presents Chaise Gabion alongside some of her other projects such as the photograph, Algae Dreams, and her sculpture series, Stacks, to complicate traditional depictions of women in art history, as well as the role of women in art patronage, and notions of function and monumentality. (more)

Related to the exhibition: Celeste Roberge: In The Park


• July 27 (5pm–6pm): Gerald Peters ZOOM LINK

Professor of literature at the University of Southern Maine, discusses “Nineteenth Century Utopianism and the American Social Imaginary,” relating to the exhibition Light Southerly: Henry Strater in Verde Valley.


• August 3 (5pm–6pm): Alberto Rey ZOOM LINK

In conjunction with Alberto Rey’s retrospective exhibition at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, he will present a 40-minute presentation discussing the evolution of his work over the past thirty years and the community work influenced by his artwork. Alberto work is found in around twenty art museum collections and has written and illustrated three books and is the 2021 Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year.

Alberto Rey, art professor at SUNY Fredonia, discusses his work in Life Streams: Alberto Rey, Cuban-American Artist.


• August 10 (5pm–6pm): Andrea Rosen ZOOM LINK

Wood Gaylor was a part of the Ogunquit art colony “from the beginning,” according to one observer. In this talk, Andrea Rosen, curator of the traveling exhibition Art’s Ball: Wood Gaylor & American Modernism, 913-1936will go into greater detail about Gaylor’s involvement in the Ogunquit art colony and his pioneering collecting of folk art; the wacky stories behind iconic Gaylor paintings in Maine collections including OMAA’s Arts Ball, 1921; and Gaylor’s role in the founding of the Ogunquit Museum.

Andrea Rosen is the curator at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum.

Enjoy our 2021 Totally Tuesday Talks, featuring discussions with artists and scholars about art, Ogunquit, and more, on our YouTube channel.


Carole Aaron

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