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Pride of Place: Hans Hofmann in New England

Saturday, October 19

3:00 p.m.

Lectures, Readings, Films

Presented by Lydia Gordon, Associate Curator for Exhibitions and Research, Peabody Essex Museum

Free for CAM/PEM members; $20 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Sign up online at Eventbrite or call (978) 283-0455 x10.

In 1933, Hans Hofmann (1880–1966) found himself on the rocky coast line of Massachusetts's North Shore and picked up his brushes again. On the invitation from a former student, Hofmann taught art in Gloucester for two summers—where the connection to place, specifically the coastal environments of New England, made a deep impact on the artist and teacher widely considered a profound influence on American modern art. This talk will trace Hofmann's creative journey in Gloucester into Provincetown. This program is being offered in collaboration with the Peabody Essex Museum in conjunction with their special exhibition Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction on view from September 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020 at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Lydia Gordon is the Associate Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Gordon is the organizing curator for Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction and curator of Vanessa Platacis: Taking Place. Upcoming projects include Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, accompanied by the multi-author scholarly publication, featuring her essay “History Forward: Jacob Lawrence and Contemporary Art.” Gordon also serves as an adjunct professor of Modern Art History at Montserrat College of Art. She earned her BA in art administration from Simmons College in 2010 and her dual MA in art history, theory and criticism, art administration and policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017.

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(left) Hans Hofmann, Goliath, 1960. Oil on canvas. University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Gift of the artist. © The Regents of the University of California. Photography by Ben Blackwell. Courtesy of Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. (right) Hans Hofmann Painting in the Dunes. 1942. © Herbert Matter Estate. Photograph courtesy of Staley-Wise Gallery, New York.

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