TOWBIN MUSEUM WING

Her Many Facets:  Portrayals of Women from the Permanent Collection

February 8 – June 8, 2014
Opening Reception:   Saturday, February 8, 4-6 pm

Woodstock, NY:  The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM) presents the exhibition Her Many Facets: Portrayals of Women from the Permanent Collection, February 8 through June 8, 2014 in the Towbin Museum Wing. Displaying works created throughout the 20th century, the exhibition highlights the feminine subject as artist, activist, lover, mother, legend, and more. An opening reception for all new shows will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 4 to 6 pm. The exhibition is curated by Josephine Bloodgood.

Featuring portraits of women from childhood to old age and of varying economic backgrounds, the exhibition also includes images of women at work, in history, and in myth. Works by Peggy Bacon, George Bellows, Rosalie Berkowitz, Konrad Cramer, Lily Ente, Eugenie Gershoy, Wendell Jones, Leon Kroll, Doris Lee, Russell Lee, Sally Michel Avery, Barbara Neustadt, Caroline Speare Rohland, Andrée Ruellan, Madeline Shiff, Amy Small, Eugene Speicher, John Striebel, Harriet Tannin, Edna Thurber, James Baare Turnbull, Eva Watson-Schütze, and others will be shown.

Lucile Blanch. Self Portrait, 1922. Oil.  28-3/4 x 21 in. Karl Fortess Purchase Fund. Photo by Ben Caswell.

Lucile Blanch. Self-Portrait, 1922. Oil.
28-3/4 x 21 in. Karl Fortess Purchase Fund.
Photo by Ben Caswell.

A centerpiece of the exhibition is Lucile Blanch’s Self Portrait from 1922. Recently acquired by WAAM and professionally conserved, the self portrait reveals the penetrating gaze of the artist in her late twenties. Blanch looks over her shoulder, her hand poised with brush to canvas about to capture her likeness in paint. The artist’s stare would have been aimed at a mirror, but now looks out toward the viewer, confident and assured.

Eugene Ludins, The True Story, 1936. Oil. 34 x 42 in. Gift of Peter Jones. Photo by John Kleinhans.

Eugene Ludins, The True Story, 1936. Oil.
34 x 42 in. Gift of Peter Jones.
Photo by John Kleinhans.

One particularly powerful work in the show by a male artist is Eugene Ludins’ The True Story (1936). The painting is understood to be an allegorical representation of the emotional drama surrounding Ludins’ romantic affair with sculptor Hannah Small. Ludins and Small later married, but when they first met, she was still married to artist Austin Mecklem (whose portraits of Hannah also appears in the exhibition). In Ludins’ oil, Hannah is shown at center of a bevy of men, all of them stranded on a boat tossed about on a stormy sea. The men seem helpless, heads down and mouths agape, as Hannah calmly holds tight to the single oar and alone acts to manage their situation. As the painting indicates, Small was a capable and determined woman and she maintained a happy and equitable fifty-eight year marriage with Ludins. Small’s own creative work is represented in the exhibition by a carved African walnut piece entitled Mother and Child.

Also opening February 8 at WAAM are Recent Work juried by Richard Lewis, Professor and Academic Coordinator for Marist College’s programs in Italy; Small Works juried by Shawn Dell Joyce, artist and founder of the Wallkill River School of Art; a solo show by Darin Cohen; an Active Member wall by Patti Gibbons; and Bennett Intermediate School’s New Orleans Project.  These shows end March 2.

For more about exhibitions and events at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, go to www.woodstockart.org or call 845 679-2940.  The WAAM is located at 28 Tinker Street in the heart of Woodstock, New York and is open on Friday and Saturday from 12 to 6 pm and Sunday, Monday, Thursday 12 to 5 pm.  The WAAM is a not-for-profit membership organization featuring a landmark collection and archives, contemporary artist galleries, and a dynamic education program.  Exhibition and programs are supported by the WAAM Founders Circle, other individual supporters and membership.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Wendell Jones, June 14 – October 5, 2014
Georges Malkine: Perfect Surrealist Behavior, October 11, 2014- January 4, 2015 (the WAAM will be closed October 14 – 20)