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Virtual | DC Around the Table Book Group with Carolyn Kinder Carr

February 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

7pm ET | 6pm CT | 4pm PT

Join ArtTable’s Washington, D.C. Chapter for an Around the Table Book Group. This program is open to all ArtTable members and meets four times a year; participants can join for one book or for all!

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For the first Around the Table Book Group of 2021, we will discuss “Sara Tyson Hallowell: Pioneer Curator and Art Agent in the Gilded Age” by ArtTable DC member Carolyn Kinder Carr. Carr will be joining us to present her book and take part in engaging conversation.

Sara Tyson Hallowell: Pioneer Curator and Art Agent in the Gilded Age

This biography tells the story of Philadelphia-born Sara Tyson Hallowell (1846-1924). Hallowell made her reputation in Chicago in the 1880’s organizing exhibitions for that city’s Inter-state Industrial Expositions. Impressed with her knowledge of art and the art market, Bertha and Potter Palmer sought her advice. Hallowell’s enthusiasm for the work of Monet, Renoir, Sisley, and Pissarro led them to form one of the earliest collections of French Impressionism in America, notable examples of which are today at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Disappointed that her gender prevented her from becoming director of art at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition, Hallowell nevertheless created a critically successful exhibition for this mammoth fair. Following its close, Hallowell went to live in France. From 1894 to 1914, she selected paintings of American artists living abroad for annual exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago. Mary Cassatt and Auguste Rodin were among her many Parisian friends.

Hallowell’s pioneering work as a curator and art advisor provided a model for women seeking to enter these professions previously the prerogative of men.

Carolyn Kinder Carr is the Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the author of “Gaston Lachaise: Portrait Sculpture” (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985).

Thank you to Ruth Abrahams, ArtTable DC Committee Member at Large for organizing this program.

Image: “Sara Tyson Hallowell: Pioneer Curator and Art Agent in the Gilded Age” by Carolyn Kinder Carr


February 22, 2021
7:00 pm
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