John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West

By Patricia Junker



About the author:

At the time of writing of this essay, Patricia Junker was the Associate Curator of American Art at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Prior to that appointment, she served as Senior Curator at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Chief Curator and Curator of American Art at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. Presently she is Curator of American at the Seattle Art Museum. She is the author of several major studies of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American paintings.


Catalogue for the exhibition:

A 252 page catalogue titled John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West was published in conjunction with the exhibition. The author is Patricia Junker with essays by H. Adams, C. Eldredge, R. Gambone, M. Kendall, P. Junker, L. Mathiak, and T. Wolff. ISBN: 1-55595-140-6. The Elvehjem Museum of Art's web site describes the catalogue as the "First reassessment of regionalist John Steuart Curry (1897-1946) and his place in American Art in more than 50 years. Essays explore Curry's early years in Kansas, the effect of the midwestern climate and topography in his art, his use of religious motifs, his paintings of the outcast and dipossessed...." (right: cover for the catalogue John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West)


Resource Library editor's note:

The exhibition John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West was held at the Elvehjem Museum of Art in the Spring of 1898, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum 13 June - 30 August 1998 and at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art October 11, 1998 - January 3, 1999. This essay was written in conjunction with the exhibition and was previously published in American Art Review, Volume X, Number 3, May-June 1998, 128-.138.


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