Ninth Street on S Street
Instructor: Joanne Kaufman
Working through the matrix of Mary Gabriel’s revelatory book, Ninth Street Women, this class will channel working methods and thought processes of five women whose groundbreaking experiments changed the landscape of modern painting forever. Lee Krasner, Elaine deKooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler spanned a twenty year age difference, and came from diverse family backgrounds. But each had an indomitable spirit and fierce vision that paved the way for the generations of women making art since. The work of these painters will be the jumping off point for individual explorations by students who will redirect and re-enact what they take from the work to bring their own unique experience and sensibility to fruition.
An adjunct museum-based class will be offered this fall which relates to and supplements this class.
Reading the book is optional, but much will be learned about the artists.
Issues and skills that will be addressed relate to:
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Who is this class for: This class is for experienced students whose advanced skills will allow them to dive successfully into work that is more conceptual and internally sourced.