National Academy Curator Speaks at the WAAM

Saturday, May 22, 4 pm
WAAM Dialogues: Changing Forces in American Art: The Woodstock Art Colony and the National Academy
Gallery talk by Bruce Weber, National Academy Museum
$10 / $5 to members
Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, 28 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY, 845-679-2940

Woodstock, NY:  The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM) presents the second in a series of gallery talks focused on artists from the Permanent Collection by renowned curators and scholars on Saturday, May 22 at 4 pm.  Bruce Weber, Senior Curator at the National Academy Museum, NYC will give the talk entitled “Changing Forces in American Art: The Woodstock Art Colony and the National Academy.”

Weber’s lecture will explore the important historical connection between the National Academy and the Woodstock art colony over the course of the twentieth century. Works from the WAAM Permanent Collection will be discussed and the talk will also reveal the Academy’s significant collection of Woodstock artists.  The lecture begins with a focus on painter Birge Harrison and the group of future Academicians that were drawn to Woodstock to study outdoor painting with him. This group includes John F. Carlson, John Folinsbee, Harry Leith-Ross, and Eugene Speicher. George Bellows, Robert Henri, Leon Kroll, and Charles Rosen will also be discussed.  It will then turn to a discussion of Sidney Laufman and the artists who entered the Academy during the era immediately following World War II, among them Henry Mattson, Hobson Pittman, John Pike, and Marian Greenwood.  The talk will conclude with a discussion of the work of Woodstock artists who were elected to membership in the Academy in the 1960s and 1970s, including Anton Refregier, Fletcher Martin, Ethel Magafan, Edward A. Chavez and Bruce Currie.

Dialogues is funded in part by the New York Council on the Arts, a state agency.  The next upcoming talk relating to the WAAM Permanent Collection is Legacy at Risk: American Artists’ Homes and Studios (with a focus on Woodstock) by Stephen May, independent historian, writer, and lecturer on Saturday, June 19 at 4 pm.
For information about WAAM exhibitions and events, go to or call 845 679-2940.  The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum is located at 28 Tinker Street in the heart of Woodstock, New York and is open Friday and Saturday from 12 – 6 pm and Sunday, Monday, Thursday 12 – 5 pm.  The WAAM is a not-for-profit membership organization featuring a landmark collection of regional art, contemporary artist gallery and a dynamic education program. Exhibitions and programs are supported by the WAAM Founders Circle, other individual supporters and membership.

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