Light Southerly examines the artist and Ogunquit Museum of Art’s founder Henry Strater’s Southwestern landscapes completed during his winter residency in Verde Valley, Arizona from 1931 to 1938. Sequestering himself from the popular Southwestern art colonies of Taos, Sante Fe, and Monterey, Strater’s subjects nonetheless position him squarely in the context of the American moderns who preceded and overlapped his Southwestern sojourn.
Arthur B. Davies, Robert Henri, John Sloan, Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley and others examined regional topics in a variety of artistic styles. Modernist writers Aldous Huxley, D.H Lawrence, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Mary Hunter Austin, and Zane Grey similarly drew attention to regional Southwestern culture, highlighting the influence of American colonialism, ethnic peoples, and race in the broadening context of cultural exchange.
The installation includes sketchbooks, paintings, and archival materials that interpret Strater’s Southwest within the backdrop of the creative communities that prompted the popularization of the Southwest in the national imagination. The exhibition is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and includes paintings from the permanent collection as well as private collections.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Partners Bank in honor of Brenda Keene.