Afterlives: Discovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art with Rena Tobey

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NYC exhibit of Nazi-looted art tells a tale of Jewish loss and recovery In 1937, the Nazi Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda removed Marc Chagall’s “Purim” from the walls of the Museum of Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Depicting people exchanging food and sweets, the vibrant painting was deemed “degenerate” and summarily sold to […]

Constellations of Art: Fascinating Artist Families

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Rena Tobey involves you in the art, history, and family dynamics in this five-part Zoom series Young artists often need help launching their careers, and what better way than through an established family connection. But when was life ever that simple? In this interactive, image-rich class, we take a close look at three American artist-family […]

Constellations of Art: Fascinating Artist Families

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Weeks 1 and 2: ​The Peale Family Revolutionize the Art World Charles Willson Peale started life as an indentured servant and grew up to be a prolific, successful painter, a naturalist-scientist, and an astonishing inventor of popular culture. This ‘Renaissance Man’ also became the nucleus of a complex family constellation of artists who together depicted a […]

Constellations of Art: Fascinating Artist Families

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Week 3: The Weir Family and Impressions of a Changing America Painting the land was central to the Weir family's art, growing more complex and philosophical through the generations. Come […]