Artist Talks, including: "'Such Beautiful Idealists': Marsden Hartley's Brief Foray Inside a Finnish Yankee Sauna"

This program is supported in part by the Synergy fund.

Saturday, November 6, 2004
Olin Arts Center Room 104, 75 Russell Street
10:00 AMMarcia Brennan, Rice University

“Marsden Hartley: Mysticism, Masculinity, and the Paradox of Oneness”

Marcia Brennan, Assistant Professor of Art History, received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1997. She taught at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, before joining the faculty at Rice University in the fall of 2001. Her book Painting Gender, Constructing Theory: The Alfred Stieglitz Circle and American Formalist Aesthetics, was published by the MIT Press in 2001. A sequel volume entitled Modernism’s Masculine Subjects: Matisse, The New York School, and Post-Painterly Abstraction, will be published by the MIT Press in the Fall of 2004. In addition to teaching courses in twentieth century American and European art, she is a Faculty Affiliate in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender.

Randall Griffey, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
“‘Such Beautiful Idealists’: Marsden Hartley’s Brief Foray Inside a Finnish Yankee Sauna

Randall Griffey is the Associate Curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. His 1999 doctoral dissertation for the University of Kansas was entitled Marsden Hartley’s Late Paintings: American Masculinity and National Identity in the 1930s and 40s. For the recent Hartley retrospective organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Griffey contributed the catalogue essay “Encoding the Homoerotic: Marsden Hartley’s Late Figure Paintings” and served as resident curator for the exhibition’s final stop at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In 2001, his article “Marsden Hartley’s Lincoln Portraits” was published in American Art. Griffey also serves as Associate Visiting Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where he teaches courses on modern and American art.

12:00 Lunch break

1:30 Panel Discussion
Marcia Brennan, Rice University
Donna M. Cassidy, University of Southern Maine
Randall Griffey, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Erica Rand, Professor of Art and Visual Culture and Chair, Program in Women and Gender Studies

Moderated by Liz K. Sheehan, Assistant Curator of Academic and Exhibition Initiatives, Bates College Museum of Art