This time, Marcy talks art

WAG is fond of calling Marcy B. Freedman our favorite performance artist, but as we have shared before in stories about her, the Croton-on-Hudson woman is also an art historian.

And it’s that aspect of her professional life we put in the spotlight here, as the Croton Council on the Arts continues its “Considering the Arts” series of talks by inviting Freedman to speak.

She will be presenting an illustrated lecture about women artists of the last century, and here’s how Freedman explains her interest in the topic:

“Years and years ago, as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, I took my first art history course. The textbook was the 1969 edition of ‘Janson’s History of Art.’ Believe it or not, that book included no women artists. As I write these words, I am still shocked. What an omission.

“Happily, art historians have rectified the situation, and it is now possible to see that there have been amazing women artists throughout history. In particular, the 20th century was a period of great accomplishment for women painters, photographers, video and performance artists. I will demonstrate this point with an illustrated lecture about artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Joan Mitchell, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Marina Abramovic, Pipilotti Rist and many others.”

Freedman’s “Great Women Artists of the 20th Century” will be offered at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Croton Free Library, at 171 Cleveland Drive. Admission is free.

Knowing Freedman, we’re sure it will prove an informative – and engaging – afternoon.

See you there.

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– Mary Shustack

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