Author Mary Gabriel's recent book Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement that Changed Modern Art is set amid one of the most turbulent social and political period of modern times and tells the story of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting. Gabriel will give a reading on the occasion of UMMA's exhibition Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s. She will be joined by exhibition curator and UMMA director Christina Olsen for a conversation about abstract art, the time, and the lasting impact of these artists.
Mary Gabriel is the author of Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as of Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored, and The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone. She worked in Washington and London as a Reuters editor for nearly two decades and lives in Ireland.
The UMMA Book Club: Art, Politics, & Ideas, a partnership with Literati Bookstore, will read Ninth Street Women for the Thursday, May 9 discussion at 12 p.m. Click here for more information.