The Hans Hofmann Legacy

Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Ln
Dennis, MA, 02638
Longitude X Latitude: -70.19401599999998, 41.7399753



A new exhibition of the works of the students of Hans Hofmann opens at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis on Thursday, January 18, 2018. The exhibition runs through Sunday, March 11, 2018. The opening reception is on Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The show is curated by Deborah Forman.

The Hans Hofmann Legacy: Creative Diversity

Hans Hofmann taught the exciting new approaches of European modernism to the thousands of students who flocked to his Provincetown and New York schools. From 1935 to 1957, his classes inspired a new direction in American art. ”Although Hofmann advocated very specific rules and approaches, he was acutely aware of his students’ individuality and encouraged their creative instincts. As a result, the diversity of styles his students achieved is remarkable” says Deborah Forman, Guest Curator for the show.

This exhibit focuses on a selection of his students who, armed with his teachings, created a variety of distinctly innovative American art forms. In addition to several of Hofmann’s paintings, this show will include the works of 27 artists, including Paul Resika, John Grillo, George McNeil, Robert Beauchamp, and Robert Henry, who have had a close connection to the Provincetown art colony.

“We are thrilled to have Deborah Forman, a significant contributor to the art history of Cape Cod, as our Guest Curator for this exhibition,” said CCMoA Director Edith (Deede) Tonelli.

Along with art from the CCMoA collection, works on loan from the Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cove Gallery and local collectors will present a broad view of Hofmann’s influence.

In her comments for the exhibition Forman says:

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A CCMoA class with Deborah Forman related to the exhibition begins Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 2-4 p.m. for 6 weeks.

The Museum is open during the winter from Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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