Lowell Lecture

Gallery Talks: American Stuff: Still Lifes in the 20th Century

Date & Time

April 20, 2016 at 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
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Samuel Ewing

Presenting Organization

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


The Arts

A vase of flowers, the folds of drapery, a pile of books and shells: all the stuff that clutters the depicted spaces in American still life paintings. This Gallery Talk with Samuel Ewing, graduate student lecturer, will look at a small series of works from across the twentieth century, asking how we might designate such paintings as “American” (aside from the biography of their makers). Are the objects they represent particularly American? Is it the style of painting? Could it be their evocation of an American locale? Or is it something else altogether? These questions and more will be addressed while we look at American still life paintings from the modern period.