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The Provincetown Art Colony: Edward Hopper and Alvin Ross with Christine McCarthy

October 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm



Please note that this workshop has been rescheduled from its original date in June.

For the past century, Provincetown has welcomed, nurtured and inspired artists from all over the world – not just to create, but to connect with the town and its people. Only in Provincetown could this unique relationship between artists and community members become the defining experience of this fabled, outermost point of Cape Cod. Life in Provincetown has for the past 100+ years been charted by the interactions between these two groups – from destitute artists trading paintings for lodging from owners of local homes or guesthouses, to fisherman offering a share of their day’s catch to provide a meal for an artist who might otherwise go without, to the walls of local cafes and homes lined with artwork given in exchange for simple kindnesses. Art and everyday life, constantly mixing and connecting.

This lecture will explore the Provincetown Art Colony with a specific focus on artists Edward Hopper and Alvin Ross. Examples will be pulled from the permanent collection and the class will spend time in the Alvin Ross exhibition, which will be on view in the PAAM galleries.

Christine McCarthy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) in Provincetown, MA (since 2001).

She is responsible for all artistic, administrative, fiscal and strategic directions of the largest presenter of Cape Cod art by national, regional and international artists.

Since 1985, McCarthy has worked in numerous galleries and museums in New England. They include the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery at Providence College; the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT; The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY; and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA. She received a B.A. from Providence College in Providence, RI in 1989 and an M.A. from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY in 1992. She was an adjunct professor at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and taught Managing a Visual Arts Organization for 12 years.


October 19, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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