Tuesdays at 11:30 am • Katherine L. White Hall
Against The Grain
This season's talks explore artists who forged their own paths against the prevailing currents in the art world of their day, creating remarkable bodies of work while following their unique artistic vision.
Henry Ossawa Tanner
The first African-American student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts didn’t plan to become a rebel but had just enough African ancestry to provoke the racism of his fellow students. Frustrated in his career, at age 32 Tanner traveled to Paris to study, and there he found success, crafting a unique style that combined Impressionist touch and academic subject matter.
Sculpture has traditionally been associated with permanence: ancient marbles, bronze monuments, steel girders. Goldsworthy has chosen to make sculpture from the most ephemeral materials – autumn leaves, stones, twigs and snow. Many of his works exist only in the stunning photographs he makes before nature consumes them.