Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Young Woman in a Pink Skirt, c. 1845-50
In/Visible: Women of Two Worlds
February 2, 2013 - March 10, 2013
The second of the Clark's uCurate exhibitions features an intriguing look at the worlds of women. The exhibition was created by Ashley Smith, a clergywoman from Stephentown, New York. Smith's show considers the different worlds and experiences of many of the women featured in works from the Clark's permanent collection.
One world is comprised of women who are dressed and prepared to be seen and admired; they have sought out the painter's eye and are ready for the eye of the beholder. The other world is made up of more typically "invisible" women: washerwomen, fisherwomen, women who are servants, women who are performers and thus seen to make a living, and women whose status is unknown but who appear worn down by life.
“Because of the artist’s eye, we see the women of both worlds, side by side, showing us the difference in lives lived next to each other but apart,” says Smith. She developed the exhibition after being drawn to Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's Young Woman in a Pink Skirt in the Clark's uCurate galleries.
“She looked out of the painting as if desperate for someone to notice her and see that she was there,” Smith says. “Looking at the contrast between her poor appearance and the wealthy appearance of the women in the paintings around her, I started to wonder about the difference in their lives.”