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Event: 'New Exhibition And Book Explore Life And Work Of 20th-Century New Orleans Artist Josephine Crawford'

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Date: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 At 06:00 PM
Duration: 1 Day
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New Exhibition and Book Explore Life and Work of 20th-Century New Orleans Artist Josephine Crawford

New Exhibition and Book Explore Life and Work of 20th-Century New Orleans Artist Josephine Crawford



WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection



WHAT: Josephine Crawford: An Artist’s Vision, an exhibition to accompany the third installment in The Collection’s Louisiana Artist Biography Series



WHEN: March 31–August 29, 2009; Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Opening reception and book signing on April 7, 6:00–8:00 p.m.



WHERE: Boyd Cruise Room, Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, French Quarter



HOW: Free and open to the public.



WHY: This spring The Historic New Orleans Collection celebrates the life and work of New Orleans artist Josephine Marien Crawford (1878–1952) with the release of a biography, Josephine Crawford: An Artist’s Vision, and an accompanying exhibition at the Williams Research Center. Josephine Crawford, a French Quarter native and pioneering modernist, did not begin to practice art seriously until she was in her mid-40s. She studied at the art school of the of Arts and Crafts Club and with French master André Lhote, at his academy in Montparnasse, Paris, ultimately developing a style that was distinctly her own. In 1934, she won the Arts and Crafts Club’s prestigious Blanche Benjamin Prize for Rue Kerlerec, a stark portrait of a Creole widow. Active through the 1940s, Crawford exhibited in New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Central America.



The exhibition, which seeks to recreate Crawford’s creative milieu, presents a selection of her paintings and drawings from the holdings of The Historic New Orleans Collection, other repositories, and private lenders. Highlights include portraits, still lifes, sketchbooks and a remarkable series of portraits painted on the wallpaper of her Royal Street studio. The exhibition is complemented by photographs of Josephine, her family and André Lhote.



On Tuesday, April 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., The Collection will host an evening reception to celebrate the release of the biography and the unveiling of the exhibition. Author Louise C. Hoffman will sign books. The event at 410 Chartres Street is free and open to the public.