March 2, 2017
6 pm | Cocktails
7 pm | Dinner
8 pm | Lecture
ROBERT WINTHROP CHANLER: OUTRAGEOUS AMERICAN MODERNIST
Speaker: Betsy Fahlman, Professor of Art History at Arizona State University, Adjunct Curator of American Art at the Phoenix Art Museum
When scholars began to reclaim the first generation American modernist artists from the first quarter of the twentieth century, they focused on those who had been to Europe and whose work aligned most closely with Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism, and their many variants. But it is now recognized that many modernisms flourished in this country during this period and that our artists engaged a much broader range of aesthetic options. This talk considers Robert Winthrop Chanler, an Astor and an independent—and often outrageous—modernist who negotiated interconnected bohemian and elite cultural circles, making his artistic reputation with exotic and brilliantly colored lacquered screens whose compositions featured fantastical avian, jungle, and aquatic creatures.