"Whistler and the British Etching Revival" Now on View at Philbrook

Mar 26, 2015

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we learn about a show on view at the Philbrook Museum of Art through April 5th: "Whistler and the British Etching Revival." This small but engaging exhibition, culled from Philbrook's permanent collection, displays prints by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910) -- who was Whistler's brother-in-law -- as well as similar works by several artists who came after these two. As noted of this show at the Philbrook website: "Highlighting the wide range of subjects and visual effects captured by the etcher's needle, the exhibition explores the innovative practices that account for the medium's resurgence in the mid-nineteenth century, and for its continued appeal in the following years." Our guest is Martha Tedeschi, an expert on the life and work of Whistler who's also the Deputy Director for Art and Research at the Art Institute of Chicago. Tedeschi will deliver a lecture at Philbrook at 6pm one week from tonight, on Thursday the 2nd. This address, entitled "The Writing of Modern Life," will touch on various works displayed in "Whistler and the British Etching Revival." Also on today's show, commentator Connie Cronley grapples with (and nearly capitulates to) the broken gizmos and random disappointments of contemporary life in a piece called "They Are Out to Get Me."