Primal Nature: Animalia by
Women in Post-War Claremont
September 21 – January 6, 2019
Claremont Museum of Art, 200 W. First St, Claremont
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Animals, both real and fantastic, occupied an important place in artistic expression in mid- twentieth century Claremont, appearing in the work of ceramists, painters, enamelists, and sculptors. The exhibition, Primal Nature: Animalia by Women in Post-War Claremont focuses on this phenomenon, particularly in the work of women artists who played a vital role in the development of the arts in Claremont.
The exhibition, curated by Susan M. Anderson, will be on view at the Claremont Museum of Art, located in the historic Claremont Depot.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Under the influence of Millard Sheets at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School, Claremont artists focused on traditional craftsmanship and shared a lifestyle immersed in nature. Since classical antiquity, artists have assigned meaning to animals real and imagined. At the same time, these delightful creatures—wild, domesticated and fantastic—often functioned for artists as creative muses or effective design solutions. Primal Nature explores the significance of this shared theme and the context for its emergence among the oeuvres of pivotal figures such as Jean Goodwin Ames, Betty Davenport Ford, Barbara Beretich, Susan Hertel, Norma Tanega, Ellamarie Wooley, among others.
Susan M. Anderson is an independent curator and art historian with a focus on the art of California. She is a former chief curator of Laguna Art Museum. Assisting the guest curator in her research, Scripps College undergraduate Linnea Rosenberg participated in the cultivation of this exhibition as this year’s Millard Sheets Art Intern.
Contact: Claremont Museum of Art
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