Monthly through April, join us in the Fruitlands Art Gallery for facilitated Salon Conversations. Join local scholars to discuss historical issues that have contemporary relevance in an inspiring atmosphere, surrounded by a vivid display that includes many Hudson River School landscape paintings. Light refreshments provided.
In March join curator and scholar of contemporary art, Leonie Bradbury, as we discuss the history of Women in Art. Using the landscape paintings that surround us as a portal to another time, we will question the absence of female artists in the current landscape show. What does this absence tell us about art and art collecting in the mid-twentieth century? How have trends changed over time?
Leonie Bradbury is a curator and scholar of contemporary art. She holds a BA in Art History specializing in Art Nouveau from the University of Minnesota. At Boston University, she earned an MA in the History of Art from specializing in 20th Century Art Theory and Criticism. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Aesthetics at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Art, Portland, ME.
Bradbury has curated over a hundred temporary exhibitions of contemporary art that explore wide-ranging topics from formal issues to biotech and the neo-baroque. Many of her projects provide critical and social commentary through the lens of art. In 2005, she curated Plastic Princess: Barbie As Art where she explored copyright, freedom of speech and feminism. Her 2011 exhibition Home Sweet Home contextualized notions of domesticity in the work of three female artists. In 2012, she commissioned an award winning mobile billboard by Guerilla Girls in conjunction with an academic conference she organized Agents of Change: Art As Activism with the Guerilla Girls as the keynote. She has showcased the works of many well-known artists including Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Kate Gilmore and Wangechi Mutu.
She currently serves as the Director of Art and Creative Initiatives for HUBweek, a Boston-based innovation festival that explores intersections of art, science, and technology and their social impact.
Please help us plan and pre-register online for this program.
Member $9. Nonmember $15.