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Mary Cassatt and the Art of Subversive Beauty Webinar

'Mary Cassatt and the Art of Subversive Beauty' Webinar

Mon May 17, 2021

'Mary Cassatt and the Art of Subversive Beauty' Webinar

Time Mon May 17 2021 at 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm

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'Mary Cassatt and the Art of Subversive Beauty' Webinar, 17 May | Online Event | 'Mary Cassatt and the Art of Subversive Beauty' Webinar
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American women artists often get dismissed for depicting traditional scenes of domestic life — but is there more to that picture than meets the eye? For artists like Mary Cassatt and Cecilia Beaux, they did just that — they built careers showcasing the subjects they were 'expected' to depict, but layering in complex themes and scenes that challenged convention. It's time to resuscitate the joy and beauty of the works of these women painters and sculptors, while also appreciating their subtle ingenuity.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the artworks of American women artists of the Gilded Age and their style and techniques that subverted the status quo and broke the rules.

Led by Rena Tobey, American Art Historian and Professor at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, our artistic deep dive will include:

-An analytical look at Mary Cassatt's paintings
-An introduction to Cecilia Beaux, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and other artists working in the U.S. in the late 1800s and early 1900s
-A consideration of their career choices , from Mary Cassatt leaving the U.S. for Paris in frustration, to why Cecilia Beaux and a number of other painters and sculptors decided to stay put
-An appreciation of techniques these artists used that were distinctly modern
- Renewed pleasure in seemingly mundane moments of everyday life

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Rena — any and all questions about these artworks are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar
**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.
***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Rena
Rena Tobey is an American art historian whose passion centers on making art accessible, insightful, and fun. She teaches at NYU's School for Professional Studies and conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum. Rena’s research and writing centers on American women artists working before 1945, with particular interest in the challenges they faced in bucking societal norms.


"I loved the speaker's enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge." -Louise
"Very lively, knowledgeable presentation with excellent interaction with the chat while keeping the presentation moving along." -Sheila
"Knowledge of presenter, background info to understand topic, excellent examples of artwork, passion of Rena." -Thaisa
"Brilliant whistle stop tour of Cassatt’s works, great insights into the art world of her day." -Linde
"Interesting information about the how an upper class woman could widen her world both in the US and France during the time period." -Wendy
"Rena is the best presenter. She is able to engage real-time with chat questions, look into the camera, and speak rather than read her presentation. So knowledgeable as well." -Pamela
"I learned a great deal about Mary Cassatt and the subtleties of her paintings. The slides with comparisons were extremely helpful, and the presenter was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I loved it!" -Kristy
"Really enjoyed the in depth commentary about the paintings. Interesting subject, thoroughly presented." -Anne
"Lots of interesting info abt the artist & the times." -Ellen
"Rena is so knowledgeable, and imparts complex info in a clear manner." -Michele
"She's very good at explaining things and picking good examples of art to show you." -Laurie
"Presenter made it fun. She was very animated." -Kathy
"The knowledge of the presenter-the history of the paintings and painter’s relationships to other painters." -Emma
"Like the way Rena delves into the core of the subject and dissects it from one end to the other. Also her infectious enthusiasm helps too." -Mardine
"The presenter had obviously researched in depth the artist and her period and covered a lot of material in a clear and easy-to-understand way. Good use of visuals." -Carolyn
"The presenter was so knowledgeable and vibrant / entertaining- a wonderful combination and hard to find on webinars!!" -Sharon
"I liked Rena's enthusiasm and knowledge about the paintings. I liked her speed and how she used guest comments to blend in with her presentation." -Jean
"The presenter was excellent!! Knowledgeable, enthusiastic as well as able to tie together a lot of information." -Kathryn
"Rena's knowledge is impressive and her enthusiasm is inviting. She is a TREASURE!!" -Ellen
"The presenter was knowledgeable and entertaining. She did an excellent job of monitoring the Chat and including viewers in the material she was presenting. Best presenter I've seen in the last year." -Claudia
"Being able to see more of Mary Cassatt's work. AND the explanation of her pieces weaving them together in terms of influence and development of her art and voice." -Edie
"Well organized, expertly presented. Breadth of information carefully compartmentalized into important take-aways." -Iris
"Rena Tobey! She is incredible!" -Christine
"Rena’s knowledge and connection with her audience." -Diane
"Enthusiasm and depth of knowledge of Rena, engagement of audience, addressing comments and questions." -Anne
"The speaker was excellent and engaging. Good powerpoint too." -Catherine


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