Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Focus on the Colony Artists: Abraham Walkowitz and Isadora Duncan

Abraham Walkowitz, an American Modernist painter, created more than 5,000 watercolor paintings of the famous "Mother of Modern Dance," Isadora Duncan. Both artists were members of the Cornish Colony in the early 20th century, where Isadora Duncan entertained her fellow Colony members at dinner parties across Cornish and Plainfield, New Hampshire. She enchanted audiences wherever she went, and the Cornish Colony was no exception.

"Isadora is movement. I watched her dances, and I never had her pose, I just watched the movement," explained Abraham Walkowitz. "She was a Muse. She had no laws. She didn't dance according to the rules. She created. Her body was music."

Abraham Walkowitz, Isadora Duncan I and II, c.1910. Watercolor, pen and ink.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Summer Exhibit - Women's Work: The Artistry of the Women of the Cornish Colony

Can you spot a Pulitzer Prize winner?

An artist whose works sell in the millions?

One of the most successful women sculptors in American history?

An inspirational writer whose works are still in print?

A First Lady and also an accomplished artist?

A local actress who was the first woman to appear on the cover of Time Magazine?

If not, then perhaps you should plan on visiting the Cornish Colony Museum sometime this summer and see and learn about the many accomplishments of the women artists, sculptors, writers, and actresses of this area.

The summer exhibit, Women's Work: The Artistry of the Women of the Cornish Colony, is in full swing at the Cornish Colony Museum. Drop in and see featured works by some of the finest Gilded Age artists: Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Edith Prellwitz, Annetta St. Gaudens, Helen Mears, Frances Grimes and Laura Gardin Fraser. You'll also learn about the many performing artists, authors, politicians and activists featured in the exhibit.

Open all summer, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

Never fear – we have not neglected the men of the Cornish Colony. Also on exhibit are works by James Earle Fraser, Frederic Remington, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, Paul Manship and, of course, Maxfield Parrish.

We look forward to seeing you at the Museum!