A gallery talk with artist Susan Bee in conjunction with Views and Vignettes: The Work of Miriam Laufer. Join us before the lecture at 6:30 for a wine and cheese reception.
Join artist and Professor Susan Bee for a discussion of the art and life of her mother Miriam Laufer (1918-1980). Laufer was a painter with close ties to the Provincetown and New York art scenes of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. This first museum survey of her work focuses on Laufer’s uncanny fusion of her European roots with abstract expressionism, pop art, and proto-feminist figuration. Her first solo show was in 1962 at the Phoenix Gallery on Tenth Street in New York. Laufer’s work ranges from colorful lyric abstractions to confrontational figurative paintings, including nude self-portraits and paintings on windshields. While her late paintings moved toward geometric abstractions, all her work is united by a charged, moody sense of color and the traces of emotional life. Laufer was an inventive and visceral artist. Her paintings remain powerful because of their affective force and formal ingenuity.
About the speaker
Susan Bee is a painter, editor, and book artist who lives in New York City. Bee has had recent solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery, Accola Griefen Gallery, and Southfirst Gallery in NYC. Her artwork is included in many public and private collections. She is the coeditor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. Bee’s work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Brooklyn Rail, and ArtNews. Litmus Press published Fabulas Feminae, her collaboration with Johanna Drucker, in 2015. She won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014. Bee teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture Series
Established in 2003 in honor of the artist Fredi Schiff Levin who was a member of Provincetown’s arts community from the 1960s until her passing in 2002. PAAM gratefully acknowledges John and Toni Levin, and Liz Lovati of Angel Foods who make this program possible with their generous support. FSL lectures are free to members of PAAM or with the cost of Museum admission. A selection of previous lectures can be viewed on our YouTube page.