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Harry Siddons Mowbray and the American Renaissance (1876-1917)

November 2, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

CT United States

Please join us on Zoom for the first of the Gunn Museum’s Artist Series lectures. Josephine Rodgers, the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale University Art Gallery will discuss the paintings of Mowbray, a Washington CT resident and master muralist at the turn of the last century. Included will be a slideshow with photographs from the Gunn Museum’s collection, the Yale University Art Gallery and St. John’s Episcopal Church, followed by a discussion with the audience.

In a rush of the post–Civil War construction of capitol buildings, courthouses, libraries, train stations, art museums, and private residences, painters and sculptors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries tested their talents in large-scale art programs. “Harry Siddons Mowbray and the American Renaissance (1876-1917)” will offer a fresh perspective on the American mural movement during this transformative period in American cultural history. The idealism embodied in Mowbray’s allegorical murals serves as a visual assertion of the humanist values that captivated a generation of American artists from the nation’s centennial to World War I.

Josephine W. Rodgers earned her PH.D. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 2015, focusing on 19th-century American Art. Since September 2018, she has been working closely with Mark D. Mitchell, the Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, coordinating details for the Gallery’s upcoming exhibition on the American Renaissance and researching the Edwin Austin Abbey collection. She has held positions at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art, also in Washington, and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York.

Registration is required for this program. The Zoom link will be sent to your provided email address. Visit the Gunn Museum’s registration page to sign up:

Image: Mowbray’s magnificent painted ceiling mural at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT, which can be visited during normal library hours.


November 2, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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