Pen & Ink Drawings Posted on Mary E. Hutchinson Site

March 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

Ruth Playing the BroomI have just added several pen and ink drawings to my digital archiving site The Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson at http://meh.omeka.net.

Feeding Little CrittersHutchinson made these drawings between 1942 and 1945 depicting her topsy turvy daily life as she and Ruth Layton cared for the children of a close friend who appears to have been suffering from severe depression and may have been institutionalized.  To view all of these drawings posted so far, click here and then select “Browse Items” from the top menu.  Then click “Browse By Tag,” and finally select “pen & ink” from the tag cloud.

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Mary E. Hutchinson’s “Cat” Sold at Auction!

March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

CatI’ve just learned that Mary E. Hutchinson’s ca. 1934-35 painting “Cat” was recently sold at auction.  Hutchinson exhibited the painting at the Washington Square Sidewalk Show probably in 1934 and then again at the Argent Galleries in New York in 1935.  The Argent Galleries was associated with the National Association of Women Artists.

“Cat” is currently featured on my digital archiving site, Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson at http://meh.omeka.net.

Mary E. Hutchinson’s “George” or “Shine Boy”

March 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

George or Shine BoyI have recently added this portrait of George Griffiths to the Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson at http://meh.omeka.net.   It is one in a series of paintings made by Hutchinson in 1936-37 of Griffiths who she probably encountered at the Harlem Community Art Center where she worked for the Federal Art Project.  The title of this work is probably either “George” of “Shine Boy” or it seems likely that Hutchinson exhibited the painting twice under the two different titles.

I am currently researching and thinking through issues of mid-twentieth century cross racial representation and would love to hear from others working on this issue.

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