January 22, 2013 § Leave a comment
Hutchinson painted several portraits of George Griffiths between 1934 and 1943. Griffiths worked as a shoeshine boy and probably crossed paths with the white woman artist from Atlanta at the Harlem Community Art Center in New York. Hutchinson, who was a supervisor of teachers for the New York Federal Art Project (one of many WPA art projects), worked out of the Art Center.
I am currently thinking through issues associated with trans-racial representation, particularly during the mid-twentieth century. I would love to hear from others who are working on or have written about similar questions.
January 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
I have added additional student work to The Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson at http:/meh.omeka.net. Click “Browse Items” in the top menu, then select “Browse by Tag,” and choose “student work” to filter for Hutchinson’s work produced while a student at the National Academy of Design in New York. Mary Elisabeth Hutchinson attended the National Academy from 1926 to 1931.
Let me know about your experiences navigating the Hutchinson site so that I can make it as accessible as possible in the future!