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VIRTUAL EVENT: PRESENTATION: Curator's Choice: Kentucky Beech Forest

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is requested
Members and VESP holders: Free | Visitors: $5

Oil paintings of a path through a forest with clouds in a blue sky.Curator's Choice: Kentucky Beech Forest

with Ginny Badgett

Follow Assistant Curator Ginny Badgett down the winding path into the dense Kentucky Beech Forest. Massachusetts artist and Transcendentalist Sarah Freeman Clarke painted the landscape around 1839, foreshadowing her later collaboration with Margaret Fuller. After traveling together throughout the Great Lakes region, Fuller wrote and Clarke illustrated Summer on the Lakes. In this presentation, Badgett will explore both Kentucky Beech Forest—likely the first painting by a female artist to enter the Athenæum’s art collection—and the artist’s adventurous life. 

Virginia “Ginny” Reynolds Badgett joined the Boston Athenæum as Assistant Curator of Special Collections in January 2020. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of American art, history, and material culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Badgett will receive her PhD in the history of art and architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2021. Prior to joining the BA, she was the Provenance Research Fellow at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama and previously held curatorial positions at Winterthur’s Boston Furniture Archive, the Detroit Institute of Arts, James Madison’s Montpelier, and the British Museum.
This event is part of ​our ongoing "Curator's Choice" series. Join an Athenæum curator for a casual conversation about their current projects and the special collections items that inspire them, spark their curiosity, and generate discussion.
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