Mary Hallock made what seems like an audacious move for a nineteenth-century young woman. She became an artist. She was not alone. Forced to become self-supporting by financial panics and civil war, thousands of young women moved to New York City between 1850 and 1880 to pursue careers as professional artists. In her latest book Art Work: Women Artists and Democracy in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New York, April F. Masten, Associate Professor of History, recaptures the unfamiliar cultural landscape in which spirited young women, daring social reformers, and radical artisans succeeded in reuniting art and industry.
Date: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 at 12:45 p.m.
Location: Javits Room (2nd floor of the Melville Library)