Public Programs and Events for Spring & summer 2014
Saturday, April 12, 1 pm
"The Relevance of Eugene Speicher"
Panel discussion with exhibition curator Valerie Ann Leeds, Bard College art history professor Tom Wolf, and Dorsky Museum curator Daniel Belasco. Location: Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, 28 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY
This panel discussion will provide an overview of the life and career of Eugene Speicher, a major American realist painter who lived in Woodstock and New York City. Exhibition curator Valerie Ann Leeds surveys his career as he rose to prominence in the 1920s and 30s and then became marginalized in art history as modernism transformed American taste. Bard art history professor Tom Wolf presents on Speicher's role in the Woodstock art colony. Dorsky Museum curator Daniel Belasco considers Speicher's drawings and how they relate to the art of his day. After the presentations, the panel will engage in a broader conversation about the career of Speicher as a case study for the challenges all artists face to remain relevant.
*Sunday, April 20: Museum closed for Easter
Friday, April 25, 5–7 pm
Opening reception for BFA I Thesis Exhibition
Friday, May 2, 5–7 pm
Opening reception for BFA II Thesis Exhibition
Sunday, May 4, 2 pm
"Highlights of Eugene Speicher" Free Gallery tour by Dorsky Museum curatorial intern Rachel Beaudoin
SUNY New Paltz art history student and Dorsky Museum curatorial intern Rachel Beaudoin will lead a tour through Along His Own Lines, addressing important works in Speicher's artistic evolution, from an early portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe to late career explorations of landscape and floral still life painting.
Friday, May 9, 5–7 pm
Opening reception for MFA I Thesis Exhibition
Friday, May 16, 7:30–9:30 pm
Opening reception for MFA II Thesis Exhibition
Sunday, June 1, 2 pm
"Remembering Eugene Speicher"
A Conversation with Marianne Kearney, Tony Robinson, and friends
Hudson Valley natives who knew Eugene Speicher as an esteemed painter and a pillar of the Woodstock art colony will recall stories of Speicher and bring to life a man who was a prominent figure in his day but who has fallen into obscurity. They will address Speicher's influential relationship with George Bellows, the grandfather of Marianne and Michael Kearney, and Speicher as a portraitist, according to the experience of one of his sitters, Tony Robinson.
Saturday, June 21, 5–7 pm
Opening Reception for Worlds of Wonder: Hudson Valley Artists 2014
All events take place in the museum unless otherwise noted.