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Hoosiers in Taos: The Woolsey Brothers

 

The works of three Hoosier brothers will be exhibited from June 12 to Oct. 12, 1998 at the Indiana State Museum.

The exhibition, Hoosiers in Taos: The Woolsey Brothers, documents the work of Carl, Wood and Jean after they left central Indiana in the 1920s and settled in the southwestern United States. The brothers moved to Taos, New Mexico where Carl and Wood painted, and the youngest brother Jean worked as a frame maker. Taos in the 1920s was a hotbed of American Regionalist painting. Their work provides a refreshing change from typical Indiana imagery of the period.

The exhibit contains 50 paintings by Carl and Wood Woolsey from 24 public and private collections across the United States and Canada. The exhibition is sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg and the Indiana Arts Commission and originated with Marla Dankert, former curator at the Eiteljorg Museum.

The Indiana State Museum is part of the Department of Natural Resources' Division of State Museums and Historic Sites. The museum is located in downtown Indianapolis, at the corner of Ohio and Alabama streets, one block north of Market Square Arena. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4:45 p.m., Sunday. Admission is free. One hour free parking is available in the lot north of the museum.

From top to bottom: Wood Woolsey, Old Juan, c. 1930, oil on canvas, private collection; Wood Woolsey, Streets in Taos (detail); Jean Parks, Woolsey Brothers and Their Father in the Taos Frameshop, c 1930, photograph; Wood Woolsey, Romance and Potatoes, 1930, oil on canvas, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, The Dailey Collection; Carl Woolsey, Houses of Earth, 1930, oil on canvas, Sherry Nicholas Collection; Carl Woolsey, November Fields, c. 1935, oil on canvas, DePauw University Permanent Arts Collection, Stanley Byram Gift.

 

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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