Working Alone Together

Museum presents lecture in conjunction with current exhibition

Gershon Benjamin (1899 _ 1985) and His Contemporaries.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a lecture by Lisa N. Peters of the Spanierman Gallery entitled Working Alone Together: Gershon Benjamin and the Circle of Artists around Milton Avery in Gloucester in the 1930s. The lecture will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public and is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Gershon Benjamin (1899 _ 1985) and His Contemporaries.

The lecture will examine the experience of Gershon Benjamin and the group of artists around Milton Avery in Gloucester during the early 1930s, considering why the artists chose to come to Gloucester at that time, what they created during their stay, how they fit into the existing artists’ community, and the impact their Gloucester visits had on their work.

Lisa Peters is Director of Research and Publications for the Spanierman Gallery in New York, and is currently coauthor, along with Ira Spanierman, of the catalogue raisonn_ on John Twachtman. Peters has written exhibition catalogues for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Wichita Art Museum in Kansas, among others. She has also authored articles for American Art Journal, American Art Review and Plein-Air Magazine. Peters has lectured at many museums and has participated in symposia, including Pheonix Art Museum; the Burlingame Memorial Lecture at Weir Farm Historic Site; Cincinnati Art Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, High Museum of Art, Florence Griswold Museum, Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich, New York University, Seattle Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Minneapolis Museum of Art.

Gershon Benjamin (1899 _ 1985) and His Contemporaries will be on view from November 8 through January 31, 2009. A full-color catalogue with an essay by Lisa Peters accompanies the exhibition and is available in the Museum shop.

The majority of the paintings in Gershon Benjamin (1899 _ 1985) & His Contemporaries are on loan from the Gershon Benjamin Foundation, Inc. which is devoted to introducing new audiences to the works of Benjamin, to placing his works in collections where they can be seen and appreciated by the public, and to providing financial support to mid-to-late career artists.

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