Joseph Stella's Brooklyn Bridge
with Dominic Ricciotti
Thursday, October 18, 6:00-7:00PM
Dr. Dominic Ricciotti, Professor Emeritus of art history at WSU and board member of MMAM, will give an illustrated talk entitled, “Joseph Stella’s Brooklyn Bridge,” on Oct. 18 at 6:00 pm at the museum. Stella is a pioneering American modernist of the early 20th century, who frequently took up urban themes. Ricciotti’s talk is occasioned by the museum’s exhibition titled This is New York opening Oct. 2 and in particular by its recent acquisition of a watercolor study of the bridge (seen below) for the artist’s monumental five-paneled work, “New York Interpreted,” 1920-22, a focus of his remarks. Ricciotti places Stella’s bridge paintings in the context of the larger investigation by American painters of subjects and themes addressing a newly emergent urban culture in America between 1890 and 1930. The subjects and styles encompass a wide variety of interests, a selection of which will be sampled.
*The event is free thanks to the generous support of Ernest and Sally Micek in memory of W.B. "Bill" Gautch.