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Heftler Visiting Artist

Theresa Bernstein: A Century In Art

Exhibit Dates: Friday, May 2 – Friday, July 11, 2014
Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery

Symposium:  Friday, May 9, 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk:  2:00 – 2:30 p.m. with Gail Levin and Michele Cohen

Panel Discussion:  3:00 – 4:45 p.m.
 With Michele Cohen, Dena Gilby, Gail Levin, and Laura Prieto
 Rose Performance Hall
 
Reception and Book Signing:  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Carol Grillo Gallery
All events are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:  
Monday:                Closed
Tuesday:               3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday:          12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday:             12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday:                   3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday:  12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Closed July 4 and 5

 Theresa Bernstein Woman with Parrot Circa 1917


Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College is pleased to present the work of American Artist Theresa Ferber Bernstein (1890 – 2002), in an exhibition titled Theresa Bernstein:  A Century in Art.  The exhibition is presented in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery from May 2 through July 11, 2014.  Programming for this exhibition begins on Friday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. with a Gallery Talk by Author and Historian Gail Levin, followed by a panel discussion from 3:00 – 4:45, followed by a reception and book signing.  The exhibition and programming are free and open to the public. 

This travelling exhibition was organized by Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, the City University of New York.  Professor Levin first heard of Theresa Bernstein when she was researching her definitive work on Edward Hopper in the 1980s, and states “that in comparing responses to these artists’ exhibitions, Bernstein’s work garnered more attention than Hopper’s”, but yet many wonder why they haven’t heard of Theresa Bernstein.  Levin states, “She was erased, and there are many reasons why women artists are erased.” To contextualize the situation of women artists, Levin added, “Bernstein was born just three years after Georgia O’Keeffe.  Both enjoyed great success in their time, yet only O’Keeffe achieved celebrity and lasting fame.”  Nevertheless, Bernstein’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Chicago Art Institute, the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum, as well many others.

The exhibition and accompanying book, Theresa Bernstein:  A Century in Art, resulted from research initiated during a seminar in the art history doctoral program that Professor Levin taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in the Fall of 2010.  The professor and graduate students grew intent on developing an exhibition to give Theresa Bernstein her due place in history and acquaint art lovers with her mastery of the human condition. Endicott College learned of plans for the exhibit through arts center benefactor Walter J. Manninen. As a major collector of art and holder of one of the largest collections of Theresa Bernstein works and personal correspondence, he was asked by curator Levin to lend several of his works for the multi-city tour of the exhibit. 

Since the project began over four years ago Mr. Manninen has placed his collection of art in the Endicott College Walter J. Manninen Trust. Professor Mark Towner, Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, shared his enthusiasm for the Bernstein project, “I anticipated the convergence of many significant people and art coming to the North Shore.” Towner continued, “The distinct likelihood of Endicott hosting a major retrospective of an artist about to receive world-recognition; the chance to work with renown historian Gail Levin; and partnering with art collector, entrepreneur and benefactor Walter Manninen, all pointed to a stellar opportunity.” “The true beneficiaries of this are the peoples of metropolitan Boston and the students of Endicott College,” Towner concluded, “partnering with Mr. Manninen was the frosting on the project.”

The exhibition consists of 44 works by Bernstein, and cover the period of time from 1912 – 1972.  The subject of many of her works cover the big issues of Bernstein’s day and include meetings for women’s suffrage in New York City, World War I Parades, and immigrants in the 1920s. She also painted everyday scenes in New York City including large crowds with a view from above; church on a Sunday morning, Carnegie Hall, readers at the library, portraits of family members - including her husband the well known artist, William Meyerowitz.  The exhibit is travelling from New York City to four additional venues in Washington, DC, Lancaster, PA, Endicott College, and Philadelphia, PA. 

Please join us on Friday, May 9 starting at 2 p.m. to meet the Curator, Gail Levin and other historians and  to learn more about Theresa Bernstein, an artist who has exhibited her artwork in every decade of the 20th Century.  All programming is free and open to the public.  This exhibition and related programming is made possible in part by Judy and Mark Carbray, Endicott College School of Visual and Performing Arts, Anthony W. Fox, Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation, Carol and Joe Levy, Walter J. Manninen, Gayle Piraino, Carola Schropp, Ejik and Rose-Marie van Otterloo Family Foundation, and Endicott College President Richard. E. Wylie.

For more information regarding Theresa Bernstein:  A Century in Art, or its programming, please contact Kathleen J. Moore at 978-232-2655 or kmoore@endicott.edu.

 

 

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