The Collectors Circle Presents: The Allure of New Mexico: Paintings by Sloan, Hennings, and O’Keeffe
The Collectors Circle is proud to welcome Dr. Stanton Thomas, MFA Senior Curator of Collections and Exhibitions as our lecturer. Drawing from the museums expansive holdings of American paintings, Dr. Thomas will examine the attraction that the Southwest, specifically New Mexico, held for many artists in the early-to-mid 20th-century.
During the early 1900s, New Mexico—promoted as a tourist destination by popular magazines and accessible via newly constructed railroads—drew visitors from across the United States. Its stunning landscapes, archeological remains, and distinctive Native American cultures not only brought sightseers, but also attracted a number of artists. This talk will focus upon three paintings in the MFA collection, all of which were created during the first decades of the 1900s in New Mexico: John Sloan’s Cliff Dweller’s Country; Georgia O’Keeffe’s Grey Hills Painted Red; and Martin Hennings’ Aspen Vista—which was recently gifted to the MFA by Collector Circle member Ross C. Anderson. Although these works were painted within a span of about ten years, they reveal remarkably different reactions to the warmth, color, landscape, and light of New Mexico. The talk will provide a chance to learn more about two works that have long been part of the MFA collection, and to celebrate a new addition to our holdings.
Dr. Stanton Thomas has served as the head of the curatorial department since 2018. He received his Ph.D. in Northern Renaissance Art from Case Western University, and holds an MA from the University of Missouri, Columbia. His recent projects at the MFA include A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection (2019) and Drawn to Beauty: The Art and Atelier of Jean Schlumberger (2018-2019).
FREE for MFA members and Collector’s Circle Members; Not-yet members are $10.
Please note: Due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19, this event is subject to change.
Ernest Martin Hennings, American, 1886–1956, Aspen Vista (detail), c. 1930, Oil in canvas, Gift of Ross Anderson