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Artists & Inspiration
Harold Weston: Freedom in the Wilds
This is a virtual program.
Harold Weston, American modernist painter and social activist, was dubbed the “Thoreau of the Adirondacks” and is known for his thickly painted, expressionist views of the Adirondacks from the 1920s. Katie Wood Kirchhoff, curator at Shelburne Museum, will explore Weston’s paintings and journals while considering ways his art and practice connected the natural world to the boundless freedom of the human spirit.
Image: Harold Weston, Giant, 1922 (2005.024.0001)
About The Speaker:
Katie Wood Kirchhoff is the curator of pre-1945 American fine, decorative, and folk arts at Shelburne Museum. Kirchhoff received her BA in Art History from Smith College, her MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and her PhD in Art History from the University of Delaware. She has previously held positions at institutions including the American Philosophical Society, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. Since arriving at Shelburne in 2016, Katie has researched, written about, and created exhibitions grounded in Shelburne’s extensive collections of American material culture, with special emphasis on furniture, textiles, paintings, and works on paper. Her most recent exhibition and publication, Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light, examines the work of Italian-American twentieth-century modernist Luigi Lucioni.