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Panel Discussion – Artists and Intellectuals of South Mountain Road
February 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) presents a panel discussion “Artists and Intellectuals of South Mountain Road” on Saturday, February 8th at 1:00pm, free to the public.
The discussion is in conjunction with the exhibit “American Modernism: 20th Century Influencers of Rockland.” The exhibit presents art by luminaries who lived in Rockland County from the 1910s through the 1960s. Modernism presented a radical break with the rigid structures of the past, prompting a search for new forms of expression, fostering a period of experimentation in the arts. This exhibition explores preeminent artists from all disciplines and how they brought Modernist thinking and ideas to Rockland County—and American masterpieces to the world.
The local Rockland landscape influenced many residents over the course of the 20th century and, in turn, the artists and intellectuals who found inspiration here influenced one another. Notable residents include: art critic and landscape artist Mary Mowbray-Clarke. Mary, along with her husband, John F. Mowbray-Clarke, and the painter (and fellow Rockland resident) Arthur B. Davies, were co-founders of the 1913 Armory Show that introduced Modernism to America; sculptor Hugo Robus whose sculptural works embodied Futurist aesthetics; ceramicist, painter, and self-taught architect, Henry Varnum Poor, who designed “Crow House” and other homes for other artists on South Mountain Road in New City and has works in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Ruth Reeves was a Cubist-influenced American textile artist of the first half of the 20th Century whose best-known works are the carpeting and wallcoverings for Radio City Music Hall; newly rediscovered artist, Sari Dienes, who used experimental processes to create abstract transfer drawings of highly-recognizable NYC streets; the highly-honored and respected painter Richard Pousette-Dart, who was a founding member of the New York School of abstract expressionists, and drew inspiration from existentialist philosophy but over time his works took on a more mystical quality; innovative glass artist Maurice Heaton, known for inventing a process for firing and shaping his glassware which started the ball rolling for the studio glass movement in the 1960’s.
From the artists/intellectuals of South Mountain Road to Modernist innovators such as ceramicist Eva Zeisel and glass artist Maurice Heaton, Rockland County has long been home to cultural giants of world renown. Many of these artists were instrumental in forming the Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA), originally known as the Rockland Foundation in the 1940s. It is only fitting to celebrate these artists at Rockland Center for the Arts—a dynamic institution that many of them collectively created.
Edith Cockcroft, Joel Corcos Levy, Arthur B. Davies, Sari Dienes, Carroll French, Maurice Heaton, Karen Karnes, Morris Kantor, Mary Mowbray-Clarke, Richard Pousette-Dart, Ruth Reeves, Hugo Robus, Gilbert Rose, Martha Ryther, Vaclav Vytlacil, Henry Varnum Poor, and Eval Zeisel.
Today, the impact of these innovators continues to reverberate on both a local and international scale. American Modernism: 20th Century Influencers in Rockland will be on view January 12 through February 23, 2020. This exhibition is in partnership with the Historical Society of Rockland County.
For more information contact: Rockland Center for the Arts, 845-358-0877, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rocklandartcenter.org. Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 South Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994. Gallery hours are: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat and Sun 1-4pm. Free to the general public.