Past Event

Curator-Led Tour of “Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art”

Friday, November 22
10:00 – 11:00AM

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

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Join the AFA for a curator-led tour of Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art with Rebecca Shaykin, Associate Curator, at The Jewish Museum.

The Jewish Museum is presenting Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art, the first exhibition to explore the remarkable career of Edith Gregor Halpert (1900-1970), the influential American art dealer and founder of the Downtown Gallery in New York City. A pioneer in the field and one of New York’s first female art dealers, Halpert propelled American art to the fore at a time when the European avant-garde still enthralled the world.

The artists she supported — Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Ben Shahn, and Charles Sheeler key among them — became icons of American modernism. Halpert also brought vital attention to overlooked nineteenth-century American artists as well as little-known and anonymous folk artists. With her revolutionary program at the Downtown Gallery, her endless energy, and her extraordinary business acumen, Halpert inspired generations of Americans to value the art of their own country, in their own time.


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