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Friday, April 21, 2017

WASH DC | ARTIST'S LETTERS: Behind the scenes visit and lecture by Mary Savig, author of "Pen to Paper', a selection of original letters by artists

Date(s): April 21, 2017

Time: 5:45 PM  EST - 7:00 PM  EST

Smithsonian Archives of American Art


Members and Guests | Free
Wine and light snacks 5:45PM 
Lecture begins at 6:30PM

Private letters by celebrated artists such as Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Howard Finster, Winslow Homer, Ray Johnson, Rockwell Kent, Georgia O'Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, Maxfeld Parrish, Eero Saarinen, Saul Steinberg, and many others reveal how letter writing can be an artistic act.  Even in this age of emails, texts, and tweets, there is an ongoing fascination with the simple act of putting pen to paper. "Pen to Paper", a collection of letters by artists from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, reveals how letter writing can be an artistic act, just as an artist puts pen to paper to craft a line in a drawing.  "Pen to Paper" provides a fresh way to think about artists and their creative work and is sure to inspire your next handwritten note or letter. 

Lecture and letter viewing with Mary Savig, curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art.

Thank you to Mary Savig for her participation and to Ruth Abrahams for organizing this program. 

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