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      November 22, 2017

      Wednesday  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (weekly Tuesday through Sunday until January 7, 2018)

      Hillyer-Graham Auditorium
      Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

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      A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer

      Honoré Sharrer's rise in the art world was meteoric. Starting at the tender age of nineteen and throughout her twenties, she was included in major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, which already included one of her paintings in its collection.

      Because of her commitment to progressive ideals, however, Sharrer found herself increasingly marginalized in the tense political climate of the Cold War. Furthermore, her representational art was dismissed in the rigidly male-driven, abstraction-focused art world of that era. She responded to these challenges by developing a sophisticated strategy of visual subversion that maintained her reformist concerns and poetic vision while concealing the incisive bite of her sharp criticism. Sharrer confidently drew from an impressive range of material—including art history, myth, nursery rhymes, and mass media. She used this material as a tool to expose an oppressive social and political climate that diminished the richness of human experience.

      This is the first exhibition to fully reveal the formidable voice of this female artist. With equal part wit, seduction, and bite, her work presents a potent and often unsettling critique of the conventions of American culture.

      Image Credit: Honoré Sharrer American, 1920–2009. "Nursery Rhyme", 1971. Oil on canvas. Collection of Adam Zagorin and the late Perez Zagorin

      Cost: Payment required - Adult $5 Seniors (65+) $4 College Students FREE Five College Employees & Families FREE Youth (18 and under) FREE SCMA Members FREE

      Categories: Art Galleries & Exhibits | Museums & Attractions

      This event repeats weekly Tuesday through Sunday until January 7, 2018: Dec 17, Dec 19, Dec 20

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