San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
“Perspectives on the Provincetown Art Colony,” Deborah Forman
2-4p.m. Wednesdays at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
April 10, 17, 24 and May 1
Join Deborah Forman on a journey through the history of the Provincetown art colony, which can be viewed as a microcosm of 20th-century American art. The course will open with the launching of the colony when Charles Hawthorne opened his school in 1899.
It will look at the early conflicts between the traditionalists and modernists, the impact of the Hans Hofmann School, and the golden years of the late ‘40s,‘50s, and ‘60s when the Abstract Expressionists were in town and New York galleries had satellite locations in Provincetown. When the art colony began to languish in the late ‘60s, the effort to revitalize it with the founding of the Fine Arts Work Center and the impact of Long Point Gallery will attest to the determination to maintain the town’s cultural integrity.
Deborah graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in journalism, and also studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She was the features editor of the Cape Cod Times and editor in chief of Cape Cod VIEW magazine before she began writing Perspectives on the Provincetown Art Colony (Schiffer Publishing 2011), a history of the art colony, based on interviews with dozens of artists and writers. She wrote the script and helped film Art In Its Soul, an award-winning documentary of the history of the Provincetown art colony, which was aired on public television stations nationwide and will be shown as introduction to the course .
When & Where
Open University of Wellfleet
The Open University of Wellfleet is a forum for learning. Conceived by retired Brown University professor Rhoda Flaxman, the Open University began in April 2013. Courses are envisioned as directed discussions, otherwise known as collaborative learning. Readings will be assigned, and instructors will offer mini-lectures to spur focused interchanges and facilitate learning. The Fall 2014 classes will be held once a week for two hours from October 20 through November 20 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet Library, or W.H.A.T. Registration is available via web or phone (508) 349-1800. Courses will run with a minimum of ten and a maximum of seventeen participants. Tuition is $50.00 per course.