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Southwest Region: Austen and Cassatt: Working From Home

Feb 20

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Jane Austen and Mary Cassatt: Women Working from Home

Mary Cassatt The LetterJoin us for a talk by art historian, curator, and author Nancy Mowll Mathews on "Austen and Cassatt: Working From Home." Using letter writing as the core activity of “work” for the educated and prosperous classes, Mathews will compare Austen and Cassatt’s own work lives, their long-distance communications, and how they represent women working from home in their art. As appropriate for our current remote work lives and use of Zoom, she will draw comparisons with the similar stay-at-home professionalism of the 19th century.

Mathews is the Emerita Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator of 19th- and 20th-Century Art at the Williams College Museum of Art, directing the Prendergast Archive and Study Center and teaching in the Williams College Art Department and Graduate Program in the History of Art. Of the more than 15 books and exhibitions she has produced, the best known are Cassatt and Her Circle: Selected Letters, Cassatt: The Color Prints, and Mary Cassatt: A Life. Most recently she curated and co-wrote the catalogue for Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist in Paris for the Jacquemart-André Museum (Paris, 2018). 

Attendance is free, but registration is required.