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CAMTalks: Exhibition Series - Dynamic Relations: The Air & Breath of Modern Art on Cape Ann

Wednesday, June 8

1:00 p.m.

CAMTalks, Exhibit Openings & Events

with Judith Curtis
Downtown Campus, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
Free for members, $10 for non-members
This event will be live-streamed on Facebook and Vimeo

Harold Rotenberg (1905-2011), Untitled, 20th Century, gouache on paper. Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA. Gift of Linzee Coolidge, 2017 [Acc. #2017.041.1].

For over a century, Cape Ann has been considered conservative in its artistic taste. Despite their best efforts to drag the local art colonies of Rockport and North Shore into the diversity of the 20th century, artists such as Harold Rotenberg, Umberto Romano, Erma Allen, and Sidney Raynes had their work cut out for them. The avant-garde Harold Rotenberg – in the vanguard of artistic expression – played a leading role in forming the Contemporary Gallery in 1937 “to spotlight ‘the more radical work of the young artists.” The ‘radicals’ also created the Cape Ann Society of Modern Artists, active from 1958 through 1977.

Today, a new generation of modernists, abstractionists, and experimentalists are continuing the ongoing work of bringing the spirit and enthusiasm of novel expression to the North Shore’s bastion of traditional art. During this CAMTalk, Judith Curtis will share work by past and present modern artists including Judi Rotenberg, the daughter of CASMA founder Harold Rotenberg, whose current exhibition, Judi Rotenberg: Recent Work, is on exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum from April 30, 2022 — July 3, 2022.

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