Fine Arts Lecture Series (Part 3 of 3): Lecture by Denise Drum Baker

May 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities
555 E Connecticut Ave
Southern Pines NC 28387
(Per Lecture) $15 ACMC & Weymouth Members/$20 Non-members
910-692-ARTS (2787)

Fine Arts Lecture Series (Part 3 of 3)

Presented by the Arts Council of Moore County & Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities

Before the #MeToo movement or even the 1963 publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, a number of women artists astonished the art world establishment and public expectations with their talent and grit. These lectures will examine the accomplishments of five notable women who produced paintings and textile art that were every bit as original as the much-heralded art of their male counterparts. Two of the women were married to painters who led the first modern art movement in America, but Lee Krasner Pollock and Elaine de Kooning were undeterred by their husbands’ celebrity and painted radically innovative work throughout their lives. A third, Frida Kahlo, began her career in the shadow of her famous husband, Diego Rivera, but today may be more widely recognized than he for paintings about her own life and Mexican heritage.

Lecture #3 – Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 5:30 PM | Lecturer: Denise Drum Baker

ARTISTS & MUSES: Lee Krasner Pollock, Elaine de Kooning & Georgia O’Keeffe

Lee Krasner Pollock
at Hans Hofmann School
of Art (c. 1939)

There are many reasons that people marry or divorce, but sometimes it is because they are both artists. Some artists will understand their partners’ work, accept the lifestyle and serve as a supporter as well as an experienced eye. Another artist might be one’s competitor and fiercest critic, resentful of one’s success and scornful in his or her own work. It is not infrequent that artists marry each other, as their paths cross in art studies, gallery openings and professional associations.

Art enthusiasts have long been fascinated with the lives of the artists behind their favorite works, and particularly with the elusive relationship between artists and muses who inspire them. But when we think of artists and muses, it’s hard not to think of a male artist and a female muse. This lecture will focus on successful, dramatic and turbulent relationships between 20th century art couples and their influence on each other and the world.

DENISE DRUM BAKER is an artist and recently retired professor of visual arts at Sandhills Community College. She earned her master’s degree from Appalachian State University. Her list of awards and honors includes a Faculty Exchange from the Newry Institute in Northern Ireland; Fulbright Teacher Exchange Scholarship Nominee; and a Distance Learning Instructor for the NC Museum of Art. She most recently completed work on Post Cards Crossing the Atlantic, an exchange project with Irish colleagues demonstrating the lost art of letter writing.

COST (per lecture):  $15 for ACMC & Weymouth Members / $20 for Nonmembers

All Lectures will be presented at Weymouth Center (555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines).

Space is limited. Please register now with full payment at the Arts Council’s offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or by calling 910-692-ARTS (2787).

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