Member Talk: Surface Tension—A Virtual Collection Tour with David Breslin

Thurs, July 9, 2020
6 pm

Online, via Zoom

All members

Join David Breslin, the Whitney’s DeMartini Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Initiatives, for a virtual tour of the exhibition The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965The presentation will focus on paintings that particularly resonate during this time of crisis and opportunity.

Breslin will discuss the various ways artists have used stillness as a decoy—from choices in subject matter and color palette to the way they handle paint. Charles Sheeler, Elsie Driggs, Horace Pippin, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Kay Sage, Jacob Lawrence, and Norman Lewis embrace stillness in their paintings paradoxically, to suggest the turbulence beneath the veneer of calm.

According to Breslin, "Looking—like painting—is a form of training and world-making. If all isn’t what it seems, perhaps we can learn to see differently and make the world we want."

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