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FREE Gallery Talk - July 21, 2016 - 12:30 p.m.

Talk title: "Exploring Place and Artistic Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Paintings"

Speaker: Karen K. Butler, Independent Curator

This talk explores how place – from the locales depicted to the places where artists worked and studied – informed the development of artistic identity in the works on view in the exhibition American Art from a Pacific Northwest Collection, 1860-1915. A number of the works in the exhibition depict the landscape as a place of refuge from the onslaught of industrialization and modern life; in others place becomes the means for extreme artistic experimentation; and in still others interior scenes evoke the sense of anomie thought to be experienced by individuals in the late nineteenth century. Many of the artists in the exhibition traveled from America to Europe to study the most important international movements of the day, thus location also deeply influenced how and what many of these artists painted upon their return to the US.

Karen K. Butler is an independent scholar and curator. Dr. Butler completed her PhD in art history at Columbia University with a specialty in twentieth-century European art. Previously Butler held positions as associate curator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis and as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow studying the works by Henri Matisse at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. She has curated exhibitions on contemporary art, abstract art on the international scene after World War II, and nineteenth-century American landscape painting.

For more information: http://www.timkenmuseum.org/calendar/free-gallery-talk-karen-k-butler
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By: Timken Museum of Art