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Top Image: Ira Glackens Pope Joan in Procession, 1964. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; gift of the Sansom Foundation, Inc.
Side Image: William J. Glackens Seated Actress with Mirror, c.1903. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; gift of the Sansom Foundation, Inc.
On the occasion of a recent gift of works by William J. Glackens and his circle by the Sansom Foundation, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale presents The New Woman. The title refers to the phrase which came to be used in the late 19th century, to characterize the newly present women of the middle and upper class who were beginning to participate in urban life. At the same moment in time, Modernism was taking shape in both art and society, and women were beginning to stake a position in both realms. Glackens and his wife, artist Edith Dimock, were very much engaged in this evolution of the role of women, and actively participated in the Women’s Suffrage movement. Their representation of female figures was shaped by the vantage of their social consciousness. This exhibition depicts women on both ends of the societal spectrum during the Gilded Age of America, and it is between these two spheres of the domestic and the bohemian, that the New Woman of the twentieth century would take form. The New Woman is curated by NSU Art Museum Bryant-Taylor Curator Ariella Wolens.
Exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are made possible in part by a challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Funding is also provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale, AutoNation, Community Foundation of Broward, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is accredited by the American Association of Museums.