5.31/ Parrish Art: Curator Longwell Discusses John Graham Exhibit, June 16, 6 PM

Alicia Longwell, Parrish curator and exhibition organizer, giving a docent tour.  Photo: Alana Mercurio

Curator Alicia Longwell Discusses The Critically-Acclaimed Exhibit
‘John Graham: Maverick Modernist’ Friday, June 16, 6 PM


Alicia G. Longwell, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education at the Parrish Art Museum, will discuss the critically-acclaimed exhibition, John Graham: Maverick Modernist, which she organized, in The Curator’s View, Friday, June 16, 6pm. During the program, Longwell will lead attendees through the exhibition galleries and provide insights into significant themes specific paintings, and share anecdotes about the artist, who spent time in Southampton and East Hampton in the 1950s and is credited for discovering Jackson Pollock.

John Graham: Maverick Modernist, on view through July 30, is the first comprehensive retrospective in 30 years of the provocative artist’s work. Featuring 65 paintings and a selection of important works on paper from Graham’s influential four-decade career, the exhibition explores how Graham became a significant figure in the development of a distinctly American approach to art-making in the first half of the 20th century and in what ways his continuous self-reinvention mirrored the attempts of American artists to define a new direction.

“I look forward to this opportunity to join our visitors in the galleries and to encourage a dialogue,” said Longwell. “Being right in front of the paintings always sparks a really lively conversation.”

Organized chronologically and featuring works from 1923 to 1959, John Graham: Maverick Modernistillustrates the development of Graham’s style beginning with cubist-influenced still lifes, nudes, landscapes, and portraits of the1920s that became more abstract in the 1930s, to his radical stylistic change in the early 1940s when he veered from abstraction, instead producing portraits inspired by Renaissance and 19th-century French artists. Work from Graham’s later output alludes to his eclectic interests such as the occult and mysticism. John Graham: Maverick Modernist reconciles the phases of Graham’s career that defy categorization, revealing the congruence between the artist’s early and late styles.

John Graham: Maverick Modernist is organized by Alicia G. Longwell, with guest co-curator Karen Wilkin, consulting curator William C. Agee, Evelyn Kranes Kossak, Professor of Art History Emeritus, Hunter College, City University of New York, and French art historian Sophie Egly. The exhibition is accompanied by a 176-page, fully illustrated catalogue distributed by DelMonico Books • Prestel, with interpretive essays by the curators.

John Graham: Maverick Modernist is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the Century Arts Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Liliane and Norman Peck Fund for Exhibitions, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Fund for Publications, and Barbara Slifka. The Parrish Art Museum wishes to also acknowledge Ariel and Alaleh Ostad Charitable Annuity Trust, Henry & Elaine Kaufman Foundation, Robert and Arlene Kogod, Myron Kunin Collection, Boris Lurie Art Foundation, Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield, Herman Goldman Foundation, Allison Stabile, and Jeremy Patricia Stone. WSHU is the exclusive radio sponsor.

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.



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