Thu January 22, 2009
A new exhibit on American Impressionism at the Gilcrease Museum.
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On this edition of our program, we speak with Mary Edith Alexander, a curator / art program manager for the Bank of America. Tulsa's own Gilcrease: The Museum of the Americas will soon be hosting a vast and impressive Bank of America traveling exhibit called "Transcending Vision: American Impressionism 1870-1940." Featuring work by more than 75 artists, it depicts changes in American art that happened between the Civil War and World War II. The works in this exhibit trace the development of Impressionism in the U.S., showing how this style became a part of the American tradition. With its birth in Europe, Impressionism came to America via the work of people like Arthur Wesley Dow, George Inness, Robert Spencer, and others. The exhibit is thus an exploration of French roots and American interpretation. (Editor's note: Ms. Alexander will give a free lecture about this show, and about it was assembled, at the Gilcrease Museum on Saturday afternoon, the 24th, at 1:30. For more information, visit gilcrease.org.) Also on StudioTulsa today are commentaries by Connie Cronley ("Chickens in the Neighborhood") and Barry Friedman ("Sunday Afternoon, TV, and America").