Professor Emerita Dr. Norma Broude has curated the exhibition “Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism,” which opens September 3rd at the American University Museum in the Katzen Arts Center. The exhibition displays work by second-generation Abstract Expressionist artists Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun and includes more than two dozen large-scale paintings. Broude’s exhibition conveys how Hartigan and Herzbrun reinvented signature styles of the Abstract Expressionist movement by turning away from the commercial interests of the New York artworld and fostered their own dialogues within the style by investing their work with personal content. Hartigan and Herbrun’s tenure as teachers and artists in the Baltimore/Washington area points to the artist’s important connection with the region.
Dr. Broude, known for her critical reassessment of nineteenth-century art and her work with Dr. Mary D. Garrard, continues her work as a pioneer of feminist art-historical scholarship in this exhibition of two influential women artists. With this exhibit, Broude aims to expand our understanding of mainstream modernist movements and draw attention to their gendered and regional contexts.
This exhibition opens at the American University Museum on September 3rd and will be on display through October 20th, 2019. The opening reception for this and all new exhibitions at the American University Museum will be held September 7th, 2019 at 6pm. A fully illustrated catalogue, with essay by Dr. Broude, will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
For more information visit: https://www.american.edu/cas/museum/2019/grace-hartigan-and-helene-herzbrun.cfm