During the early 1930s, far from Paris and New York, Helen Lundeberg (1908-99) became the first woman painter in the United States to specialize in the European aesthetic of Surrealism.

Lecture presented by Dr. Ilene Susan Fort.

Free and open to the public. Reception follows.

Start Time: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:30 PM
End Time: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: Voorhees Hall Incl Zimmerli Art Museum
Address: 71 Hamilton Street
Campus: College Avenue
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: Free
Speaker: Dr. Ilene Susan Fort
Sponsor: Zimmerli Art Museum & Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities
Category: Talk, Lecture, Seminar
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Lundeberg grew up in Pasadena near the Mount Wilson Observatory, and this nourished her fascination with science, especially astronomy. This personal interest in science was manifested in a group of symbolic and actual self-portraits where she explored her identity in the context of the larger universe. Beginning with the Zimmerli's own Lundeberg painting, Self Portrait of 1944, Dr. Fort demonstrates how the artist envisioned herself within the cosmos and how she continued painting outer space even after she abandoned Surrealism for hard-edge painting.

Dr. Ilene Susan Fort, formerly Senior Curator of American Art, and The Gail and John Liebes Curator of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), is now Curator Emerita at LACMA and Senior Scholar at the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities at Rutgers University, 2018 - 2019. She has organized exhibitions and written on a wide range of subjects, most recently on women and Surrealism, including In Wonderland (2012) and the first posthumous retrospective on Helen Lundeberg (2016) as well as several articles on Lundeberg and Juanita Guccione (2018). Fortís scholarly research while at the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities focuses on women artists in the United States (including Julia Thecla, Vera Berdich, Ellen Lanyon, and Sari Dienes) who adopted surrealist abstraction to further a feminist strategy.

This program is co-organized by the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities and the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University with additional support from the Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund at the Zimmerli Art Museum.

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