Art’s Ball: Wood Gaylor and American Modernism, 1913-1936, opens mid-summer 2020. Samuel Wood Gaylor (1883-1957) was a prime mover in the New York art scene from the 1910s to the 1930s, but has been unjustly overlooked by art historians.
The exhibition spotlights Gaylor’s contributions to the heady and vibrant post-Armory Show and the American art world, in which groups of artists—some well-known, others forgotten—collaborated to promote the cause of modern art. Gaylor’s paintings, teeming with color and action, record art auctions, costume balls, and sketching sessions.
The goal of both the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue is to paint a vivid picture of a historical moment bursting with intersecting strands of burgeoning American modernism. The exhibition is curated by Fleming Museum Curator Andrea P. Rosen, in consultation with independent Art Historian Dr. Christine Isabelle Oaklander. The installation at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art is organized by Curator Ruth Greene-McNally.