This exhibition represents a timely reexamination of the experimental New York print studio Atelier 17, focusing on the women whose work defied gender norms through novel aesthetic forms and techniques. Atelier 17 operated as an uncommonly egalitarian laboratory for revolutionizing print technique, style, and scale. It facilitated women artists’ engagement with modernist styles, providing a forum for extraordinary achievements that shaped postwar sculpture, fiber art, neo-Dadaism, and the Pattern and Decoration movement. Atelier 17 fostered solidarity among women pursuing modernist forms of expression, providing inspiration for feminist collective action in the 1960s and 1970s.
Over 60 works by Louise Nevelson, Alice Trumbull Mason, Francine Felsinthal, Helen Phillips, Terry Haass, Minna Citron, Perle Fine, Judith Rothschild, Worden Day, Ellen Abbey Countey, Jean Franksen, Dorothy Dehner, Norma Morgan, Christine Engler, Claire Falkenstein, Sue Fuller, Fanny Hillsmith, Anita Heiman, Dalla Husband, Kett, and Pennerton West. The exhibition will include comparative works by Hayter, Fred Becker, Mauricio Lasansky, and Gabor Peterdi. Works in the exhibition will include state proofs and plates as examples of the artists’ process.
A Conversation with Christina Weyl, author of "Women of Atelier 17"
at the Greenwich Arts Council & The Bruce Museum
Join us at the Greenwich Arts Council for an overview of the exhibition
and a reception followed by a Conversation with Christina Weyl
at the Bruce Museum
Tuesday, February 25
Cocktail Reception at the Arts Council from 5:30 to 6:30pm
A Converation with the Author, 7pm at the Bruce Museum
Author and independent scholar, Christina Weyl will be giving a lecture about her book titled “Women of Atelier 17”, recently published by Yale University Press.
Christina Weyl received her BA from Georgetown University (2005) and completed her masters and doctorate in Art History at Rutgers University (2012, 2015). Her new book, The Women of Atelier 17: Modernist Printmaking in Midcentury New York, follows eight women, who worked at the avant-garde printmaking workshop Atelier 17 in New York between 1940 and 1955. The book reveals how Atelier 17 operated as an uncommonly egalitarian laboratory for revolutionizing print technique, style, and scale. It facilitated women artists’ engagement with modernist styles, providing a forum for extraordinary achievements that shaped postwar sculpture, fiber art, neo-Dadaism, and the Pattern and Decoration movement. Her research has been supported by the Metropolitan Museum, Getty Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and other institutional grants. She has published in Art in Print, Print Quarterly, The Women’s Art Journal and Archives of American Art Journal and contributed to several anthologies and exhibition catalogues. From 2014-2018, she served as Co-President of the Association of Print Scholars, a non-profit professional organization she co-founded in 2014. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked for a gallery representing the publications of the Los Angeles–based artists’ workshop Gemini G.E.L.