Winslow Homer’s Pitching Quoits
April 4, 2012
Melissa Renn, Senior Curatorial Research Associate, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums; Judy Murray, Senior Museum Educator, Harvard Art Museums
This talk will place Winslow Homer’s 1865 painting Pitching Quoits in the context of the American Civil War and will explore its relevance to viewers today. Renn will review Homer's career as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly during the Civil War, and will look at how that experience influenced his art. Murray will share how this and other paintings in Harvard’s collection of American art have generated discussions about American history and democratic values for immigrant audiences participating in the Harvard Art Museums’ Engaging New Americans project.
This series considers objects from more than one point of view. The informal talks, many of them by Harvard Art Museums curators, conservators, and educators and Harvard University faculty members, are designed to stimulate thinking about works of art and to encourage participants to explore their own ways of seeing.
Free with the price of admission.
Gallery talks are informal and include discussion. Limited to 25 participants; please arrive early.