News From Terre Haute, Indiana


November 4, 2011

Curator’s ‘Pach’ exhibition at Swope; book signing coming up

TERRE HAUTE — The Swope Art Museum will host the exhibition “Walter Pach and His American Colleagues” today through Jan. 7 in the Swope Education Gallery. The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. today, and a lecture and book signing is planned for 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

Laurette McCarthy, guest curator and author of the recently released Pach biography “Walter Pach (1883-1958): The Armory Show and the Untold Story of Modern Art in America” (Penn State University Press, August 2011), has mixed loaned objects with works from the Swope collection for “Walter Pach and His American Colleagues.”

McCarthy, a resident of the Wabash Valley, former curator at the Swope, and an accredited member of the American Society of Appraisers, is an independent scholar specializing in American art from the early 20th century. As an independent curator McCarthy has organized exhibitions around the country, including “ ‘Covering’ America in the 1950s and early 1960s: The Saturday Evening Post Magazine,” at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. She also has organized another Pach exhibition that will run concurrent to the one at the Swope, “The Paintings of Walter Pach,” at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art in New York. McCarthy’s book will be available through BookNation and at the Swope events.

Pach is arguably one of the most influential personalities in the spread and development of the ideas of modernism in American art. Yet as a subject of scholarship, Pach has been largely forgotten and neglected until now. This exhibition and the Pach biography will help to alleviate the gap in understanding the influence that this educator, critic, dealer and painter had on American art in the early 20th century.

The exhibition will highlight Pach’s relationships with several American artists whose works are represented in the Swope collection, including William Merritt Chase, Arthur B. Davies, John Sloan, Abraham Walkowitz, Max Weber, Edward Hopper and Clifton Wheeler. Also included are historic photographs as well as a selection of books and works of art by Pach.

Also on tap today for the Swope’s First Friday: Visitors can explore the roots of change in the arts with a short gallery talk with McCarthy and a fusion of musical genres with cellist Shannon Hayden, a native of Martinsville, Ill.

Continuing on view is “Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit” in the Haslem and Hodge Galleries through Dec. 24. Organized by historian and curator Rickie Solinger, this traveling exhibition features the work of Betye and Alison Saar, Dave Cole, and other contemporary artists who explore women’s domestic labor from the past by using antique tools and craft forms as their inspiration. A small exhibition of antique tools and an illustrated catalogue accompany the exhibition.

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