Director’s Choice: The Responsive Eye is a survey of over thirty artworks drawn from the museum’s collection of over 2,000 objects, as selected by the WAAM’s Executive Director, Janice La Motta.
Austin Merrill Mecklem “Hannah (Small)” 1929, WAAM Permanent Collection
Represented through paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and crafts are works that span the early years of the association, including a 1912 plein air painting by Cecil Chichester, an intriguing oil on board that served as a study for WWII camouflage by Louis Bouche, as well as examples of works by the founding members of the association, John F. Carlsen, Andrew Dasburg, Carl Eric Lindin, Frank Swift Chase and Henry Lee McFee.
Janice La Motta has chosen works that both reflect her personal aesthetic in addition to works that express the atmosphere of the early Woodstock art colony as illustrated in pieces such as Eugenie Gershoy’s, Maverick Sketch Class, c. 1935, Eugene Ludins’ Maverick Festival, 1925, Eistein Olaf Drogseth’s Woodstock Farm, c. 1939 and the 1929 portrait of the artist Hannah Small by Austin Mecklem.
Through the process of discovering the wAAM’s collection I offer these selections as a means of introducing my aesthetic and as a way to consider yet another new way of reading some familiar, and some less familiar works from the Permanent Collection
– Janice La Motta, Executive DirectorWAAM
WAAM / Woodstock NY
Director’s Choice: The Responsive Eye
February 6 – April 30, 2016
Curated by Janice La Motta