Zorach’s large-scale 1935 painting relates both her personal history as well as broader cultural concerns with family and regional history. Done during the Great Depression, Zorach’s depiction of a rugged, self-sufficient New England family was part of a widespread effort – on the part of artists, and encouraged by federal art programs – to promote the importance of family and hence to mold national identity. Bianco will examine the meaning of this work in the context of Zorach’s personal family iconography and her large-scale mural projects of the period.
This talk and tour will be led by Assistant Curator Jane Bianco.
To celebrate the American Treasures exhibitions, museum staff will give focused mini-lectures on specific works of art to highlight their importance in the museum collection. These programs will begin with a brief 20-minute PowerPoint presentation in the museum auditorium, followed by a tour in the American Treasures gallery where the featured work is on display. The PowerPoint will include images of related works and provide context for their creation.
These tours are free with admission and there are no advance reservations. Please check in at the main lobby admission desk on the day of the talk.