Wellesley Club of Colorado
70s Decade Group
Inaugural Event – Denver Art Museum
Docent Led Tour of Exhibit –
Women of Abstract Expressionism
Lunch at Palettes Restaurant
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Tour at 10:30 and Lunch at noon
Great time for renewing old acquaintances and meeting fellow Wellesley alumnae.
As a provisional docent at the DAM, I toured the exhibit in June. . .
The art is spectacular, but the real story is about these twelve women and how they were active members of the Abstract Expressionism movement in the 40’s and 50’s but have been minimized in the art history world and overshadowed by the men credited as being the key artists of AbEx – Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko, Clyfford Still, and Motherwell.
Based on the response and results of the survey, our group will meet at the museum at 10 am to organize and register/pay for the tour. The docent-led tour is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors (over 65 years). Since they want a single payment for a group tour. I’ll collect a check or cash from all attendees on that day.
Tour will last an hour, but we may want to linger in the exhibit.
We have a reservation at the Palettes Restaurant for lunch from the full menu. We’ll be able to do separate checks, with a 20% gratuity.
Hopefully, we’ll conclude with a plan for future meetings – frequency, events, organizers, etc.. You’ll have time after lunch to visit the museum on your own, if you’d like.
Please send your e-mail RSVP to Barb von der Heydt ’70 at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, August 17th. Do it today while you're thinking about it. . . . .
From the reservations, I’ll make name tags and a roster of attendees to share our contact information.
Hope to see you there!
Barb vdH ‘70
From the Denver Art Museum website:
The groundbreaking exhibition Women of Abstract Expressionism celebrates the often unknown female artists of this mid-twentieth-century art movement. More than 50 major paintings are on view by artists working on the East and West Coasts during the 1940s and '50s: Mary Abbott, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Deborah Remington, and Ethel Schwabacher. This is the first presentation of works by these artists together at one time.
Women of Abstract Expressionism focuses on the expressive freedom of direct gesture and process at the core of abstract expressionism, while revealing inward reverie and painterly expression in these works by individuals responding to particular places, memories, and life experiences.
If you have questions or just want to discuss, contact Barb von der Heydt '70 at email@example.com or 214.642.6953.