Pauline Palmer, Impressionist: Chicago's Painter Lady
November 21, 2013 through February 23, 2014
Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery
Pauline Palmer, Impressionist: Chicago's Painter Lady is on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art from November 21, 2013 through February 23, 2014. The portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes in the exhibition provide an intimate view of works by Pauline Lennards Palmer (1865–1938), considered one of the leading Chicago artists of her time.
Palmer taught art in Chicago public schools before attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she graduated in 1896 at the age of 31. A versatile artist, Palmer won virtually every honor offered by the Chicago arts community. Through her active participation in a broad spectrum of women's and arts organizations, she helped solidify the vitality of the arts within Chicago's cultural scene at the turn of the 20th century. Palmer counted among her colleagues and teachers Rene Prinet, William Merritt Chase, and Charles Hawthorne, all of whom are represented in the MMA collections.
An integral part of the MMA's mission is to organize exhibitions that are dedicated to exploring its permanent collection in greater depth. This exhibition was developed around a core group of nine paintings designated as promised gifts to the Museum by one of its Michigan patrons, whose family maintained a close relationship with the artist. Additional works from Midwest collections, including the Union League of Chicago, the M. Christine Schwartz Collection, and the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, further illuminate the esteemed career of "Chicago's Painter Lady."
Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm
Lecture by E. Jane Connell
Pauline Palmer: Chicago's Painter Lady
Pauline Palmer was one of Chicago's leading artists in the early 20th century who achieved critical acclaim during her career. MMA Senior Curator Jane Connell will discuss Palmer as "Chicago's painter lady," citing examples of paintings included in Pauline Palmer, Impressionist. She will also compare Palmer's work to paintings in the MMA's collection and discuss the artist's friendship with the family of Michigan collector André Aerne whose Palmer paintings and works on paper were the genesis of the exhibition. Light refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 13, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
In Open Air
(28 mins.) This film showcases the essence of the Impressionist movement in America, a pivotal period in American art from 1880 to 1915. View paintings by some of the best Impressionist artists of this time and travel to favored locales that inspired the artists' work.
Thursdays, December, 1:00–3:00 pm
Meet on the upper level every Thursday for free exhibition tours led by MMA docents. December tours feature Pauline Palmer, Impressionist: Chicago's Painter Lady.
Free Brown Bag Films and Public Tours are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
Blue Lake Public Radio is the media sponsor for Pauline Palmer, Impressionist.
Pictured, In Order are the following:
Provincetown Church Scene
Oil on canvas
André Aerne Collection
Oil on canvas, not dated
M. Christine Schwartz Collection