Stephanie L. Herdrich, Associate Curator of American Painting and Sculpture The American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Program at 6:30 pm Pacific, — in person at Legion of Honor’s Gunn Theater and live via Zoom.
ENTER THE MUSEUM THROUGH THE WEST SIDE ENTRANCE, above the parking lot facing the water.
Winslow Homer’s “The Gulf Stream” (1899/1906)
Winslow Homer, Fox Hunt,1892, oil on canvas. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Joseph E. Temple Fund, 1894 (1894.4)
Winslow Homer, Natural Bridge, Bermuda, ca. 1901, watercolor on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amelia B. Lazarus Fund, 1910 (10.228.10)
Renowned for his powerful paintings of American life and scenery, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) remains a consequential figure whose art continues to resonate. This lecture goes behind the scenes of the exhibition Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with its co-curator. The show, which has been described by critics as “wondrous,” “spectacular,” and “a knockout,” reconsiders Homer’s work through the lens of conflict, a theme that crosses his prolific career — from emblematic images of the Civil War and Reconstruction showing the effects of the conflict on the landscape, soldiers, and formerly enslaved people to dramatic scenes of rescue and hunting as well as monumental seascapes and dazzling tropical works painted throughout the Atlantic world. The exhibition’s centerpiece is Homer’s iconic The Gulf Stream, a painting from The Met collection that reveals his lifelong engagement with charged subjects of race, geopolitics, and the environment.
As a form of journalistic media, Homer’s pictures captured emotion and humanity far more effectively than the period’s photography. His works convey a poignant reality in an almost radical impressionistic style that still resonates to this day. Join us for this exciting expose and reaffirmation of one of America’s greatest 19th century painters. Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at The Gunn Theater or on Zoom at 6:30 PDT, 9:30 EST. All current ADAF members are invited to a 5:30 pm pre-program reception in the Legion Cafe.