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Challenges of an Artistic Relationship: David Smith and Dorothy Dehner


SANTA FE, NM.- During their 23 years of marriage, David Smith and Dorothy Dehner evolved an original approach to abstraction in the 1940s and 1950s, responding to a world at war as well as to the more intimate tragedies and joys of a shared life. Guest lecturer Joan Marter features sculpture, drawings, and paintings created by Smith and Dehner during their tempestuous relationship, both artistic and personal, in this exploration of this couples marriage and artistic achievements which begins with a trip to the Virgin Islands and continuing with their artistic production in Bolton Landing, near Lake George , New York .

Joan Marter holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Delaware . She has lectured, published extensively, and organized exhibitions of American modern sculpture, abstract expressionism, and feminist art. Marter is the editor of Women’s Art Journal and chair of the exhibitions committee for the College Art Association. She received a grant from the Judith Rothschild Foundation for research into and the conservation of sculpture by Dorothy Dehner.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum presents this lecture on Wednesday, October 22, at 7 PM at the Museum’s Education Annex, 123 Grand Avenue . $5, members free. Reservations suggested: 505.946.1039.





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