Anna O. Marley, Curator of Historical American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, will lecture on her nationally touring exhibition and catalogue The Artist’s Garden, which explores the intertwining stories of American artists, Impressionism and the growing popularity of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit at the turn of the 20th century. Diverse fine art and material culture—including paintings, sculpture, stained glass, and gardening books—illuminate how the horticultural and visual arts in this period were manifestations of an emerging national Progressive era middle-class American identity. Exploring gardens across the United States and Europe, with special emphasis on the importance of the Philadelphia area, which served as the originator of the Colonial Revival Garden movement with the Centennial Exhibition in 1876, Marley’s talk will also pay particular attention to the art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge, and the artist’s associated with the Cornish Art Colony. By employing the interdisciplinary perspectives of horticultural history and art history, The Artist’s Garden reveals the far-reaching effects of the ideas of Impressionism on not just painting, but American culture at large.
The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 2:30 pm