Wendy Jeffers to Deliver the 4th Annual Stoddard Art Lecture
New Canaan Library is pleased to announce that Wendy Jeffers will be guest lecturer for the Library’s 4th annual Stoddard Art Lecture. Ms. Jeffers will be speaking about Dorothy C. Miller, one of the most influential professionals in art to promote the first generation of American modernism, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Library’s Adrian Lamb Room. A reception will follow in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery.
Dorothy Canning Miller (February 6, 1904 – July 11, 2003) was the first professionally trained curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She was a pioneer in the field, being one of the very few women of her time to hold a museum position of such stature. Dorothy Miller was of the same generation as the artists who came to be known as Abstract Expressionists – born early 20th Century – and as such cultivated lasting friendships with the artists.
Wendy Jeffers is a curator, independent scholar and author of many published articles on art and collectors and she is at work on a biography of Dorothy Miller with the working title, “Clairvoyant Curator.” Ms. Jeffers’s specialty is early twentieth century American Modernism. She holds a MFA in fine art and art history, and has studied at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Columbia University, Art Students League, Tyler School of Art, American University, New School for Social Research, Massachusetts College of Art, Corcoran Museum School, New York Academy of Art and the National Academy of Design.
The Stoddard Art Lecture series was established in the fall of 2011 with the intention of enriching and broadening the community’s understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts. It was made possible through a patron’s generous gift in honor of Pat and Hud Stoddard and their many contributions to the Library and the community.
Registration to attend this program is required. A $10 donation to support future library programming is suggested.