Women at Work: Members of the Art Students League of New York


SUArt Galleries

May 1 – August 13, 2007


The SUArt Galleries presents Women at Work: Members of the Art Students League of New York, an exhibition of paintings, prints and drawings from the University’s permanent collection.  The Show examines how Modernism and formation of the Arts Students League impacted the influx of women into the field and their development as professionals and influential artists.

The selection of work begins with artists who were directly influenced by the 1913 Armory Show such as Peggy Bacon, Maria Wickey, and Isabel Bishop.  The exhibition concludes with the advent of Abstract Expressionism, showing works by Jan Gelb, Minna Citron, Terry Haass, and Helen Frankenthaler. These works illustrate American art’s stylistic evolution during the period. Early drawings like Harriet Frishmuth’s Study, reclining nude, reveal a classical, academic structure.  This type of work gave way in the 1920’s to the gritty and modern “realism” of Isabel Bishop’s Sleeping Man. After World War II, Abstract Expressionism began to take over. As seen in Minna Citron’s Men Seldom Make Passes…, and later in the work of Helen Frankenthaler.