Saturday, March 27, 2010

Art of the Gaman, Currier & Ives, Mies, Grofe, & Needleworkers-


- A New exhibition explores the arts and crafts of Japanese-American internees during World War 2 : " The Art of Gaman is devoted to art and crafts made by some of the 120,000 ethnic Japanese who were shipped off to inland detention centers by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's infamous Executive Order 9066. The works on display at the Renwick are provisional and makeshift. They include furniture cobbled together from scrap lumber, simple tools and household goods, and small works of art that in many cases spent decades stored away in garages until broader American recognition of the internment travesty gave the items new historic and cultural vitality." The Article in the Washington Post


March 27, 1813: Nathaniel Currier, American lithographer and lead partner in the firm of Currier & Ives, was born.

March 27, 1879: Edward Steichen, American photographer & a leader of the Photo-Secession Group, was born.

March 27, 1886: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German architect and one of the pioneers of "modern" architecture, was born. His penultimate design was for New York's Seagram Building. "Less is more".

March 27, 1892: Ferde Grofé, American composer who celebrated the American landscape in music, was born.


“In Praise of the Needlewoman. Embroiderers, Knitters, Lacemakers, and Weavers in Art”
By Gail Carolyn Sirna.

“This collection of some 80 paintings celebrates the centuries-old iconography of women engaged in needlework—an activity that has united women from all countries and in all stations of life. As long ago as the Middle Ages, artists sought to capture the needle-worker's quiet concentration and domestic mien, and to convey the social and cultural symbolism of this largely female domain. Here are treatments of the subject by Vermeer, Chardin, Velasquez, and DalĂ­; by the Pre-Raphaelite school; and by the Impressionists—in particular the works of women artists Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot.”

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