Art at Noon: Centennial Woman: Eliza Greatorex

Wednesday, August 12th, 12:00 to 1:00 PM

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In 1875 as Philadelphia was preparing to host the Centennial Exposition, Eliza Greatorex was mobilizing New York women artists to send their work to Fairmount Park for exhibition. At the time Greatorex was America’s most famous woman artist; 150 years later she is all but forgotten. Recently arrived from Ireland, she quickly found a place working side-by-side with painters of the Hudson River School, who in 1869 elected her the only female member of their prestigious National Academy of Design.

During this illustrated lunchtime lecture with Professor of Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Katherine Manthorne, we tour the Centennial through this female artist’s eyes, paying special attention to the Women’s Pavilion where her work occupied an entire alcove. We’ll survey works by Harriet Hosmer, Edmonia Lewis, Fidelia Bridges and the “Butter Woman,” and even meet the Empress of Brazil, who helped open the exposition!


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Wednesday August 12
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Come enjoy discussions and lectures with PAFA scholars and artists covering a variety of topics related to PAFA’s exhibitions, collections, and areas of interest. Now you can enjoy these lectures from the comfort of your couch. Join us each Wednesday at noon and now you can even bring your lunch!
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