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The “Ninth Street Women” Series with JILL KIEFER, Ph.D.

$100.00

Five (5) Sessions – Saturdays – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dates: April 25 – May 30 (NO CLASS MAY 23rd)

The Best Seller Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel is the story of five women who absolutely insisted on being artists during a socially turbulent and male dominated era: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler. The book is an astute and fascinating chronicle of their tragedies and triumphs—and their vulnerabilities and strengths. Gabriel’s written work has, justifiably, garnered numerous positive reviews, and has given us extraordinary insights in the spirit of these bold and talented women. They are an inspiration to us all. In this class—we will focus on their art and discuss how their achievements truly changed both art and society.

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Ninth Street Women Series

Session One: Lee Krasner

Lee Krasner (1908-1984) was a key transitional figure within abstraction, who connected early-20th-century art with the new ideas of postwar America. Inspired by artist Piet Mondrian’s “grid,” Krasner helped devise the “all-over” technique, which in turn influenced Pollock’s revolutionary “drip paintings”. Krasner was remarkable for her artistic versatility and advanced skill, which, coupled with her intensive training in art theory, enabled her to revise her style and technique multiple times over the course of her career.

Session Two: Elaine de Kooning

While Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989) did use gestural brushstrokes in most of her work, much in the tradition of the Action Painters, Elaine’s work was figurative and representational, at least to some degree. Her canvases were rarely purely abstract (in the vein of Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock). As an avid world traveler, de Kooning was exposed to and inspired by a wide variety of artwork that helped make her one of the more diverse artists within the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Session Three: Grace Hartigan

Grace Hartigan (1922-2008) was a Second-Generation Abstract Expressionist, who forged a new form of painting based on bold gesture and experimental brushwork. Within the movement, she was respected for her commitment and thick skin, and her striking paintings reflect this attitude. Hartigan’s belief that painting must have “content and emotion” continued throughout her career. Her best-known works combine the abstraction of her early work with recognizable images from everyday life or motifs from art history. The distinction between abstraction and figuration is often blurred by her experimental brushwork and lack of shading.

Session Four: Helen

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) was among the most influential artists of the mid-20th century. Introduced early to major Abstract Expressionists, Frankenthaler was influenced by their painting practices, but developed her own distinct approach to the style. She invented the “soak-stain” technique, producing luminous color washes that appeared to merge with the canvas and deny any hint of three-dimensional illusionism. Her breakthrough gave rise to the “next big thing” in art—Color Field Painting.

Session Five: Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) is known for the compositional rhythms, bold coloration, and sweeping gestural brushstrokes on large and often multi-paneled paintings. Although inspired by landscape, nature, and poetry, her intention was not to create a recognizable image, but to convey emotions. Mitchell’s mature work embodies a highly abstract, richly colored and calligraphic style, which balances elements of structured composition with a mood of wild improvisation.

 

Dr. Jill Kiefer is an art historianand teaching artist. She has developed and implemented comprehensive academic and lifelong learning programs at prestigious institutions in the USA and abroad. She was a member of the graduate faculty of the Humanities Dept. of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and also taught for Pasadena City College, Glendale College, the Palos Verdes Art Center and the University of New Mexico. She has received several “Best Faculty” awards and was a Federal Title V Grant Recipient four times for her work in Hybrid Learning. Jill is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the Dean of Warnborough College’s Master’s and Doctoral programs in Cultural Art History, Fine Arts, and Media Studies. She also teaches art history and studio art for several lifelong learning programs in Westchester. Jill is a Past President of the Ossining Arts Council, and the Director of the Canterbury Arts Conference (CArtsCon), an international, annual event held each summer in the United Kingdom. A published writer and artist, Jill has an impressive and extensive resume. To learn more about her, please visit www.whataboutart.org Dr. Jill Kiefer is an art historian and teaching artist. She has developed, implemented and taught comprehensive academic and lifelong learning programs at prestigious institutions in the USA and abroad. Jill was a Federal Title V Grant recipient four times for her work in Hybrid Learning, and she is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Jill is the Dean of Warnborough College’s graduate programs in Cultural Art History, Fine Arts, and Media Studies. She also teaches art history and studio art for several lifelong learning programs in Westchester, NY. Jill is a Past President of the Ossining Arts Council, and the Co – Director of the Canterbury Arts Conferenc e (CArtsCon). A published writer and artist, Jill has an impressive and extensive resume. To learn more about her, please visit www.whataboutart.org

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