ArtTalk - A Curator Conversation with Laura Turner Igoe
If you happened to wander into Phillips’ Mill in the spring of 1929, you would have witnessed the first organized exhibit of member artists. You would have seen works by William L. Lathrop, Daniel Garber, John Folinsbee, George W. Sotter – just to name a few. The Phillips’ Mill was the heart of the artistic community in New Hope, and these artists started the arts community on the Delaware River.
The works of these talented artists reside in museums and private collections across the country. The artists became the renowned New Hope School of American Impressionists. Join us as Laura Turner Igoe, Chief Curator of the Michener Art Museum, takes us back to the beginning of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association as we explore works in the collection of the Michener Art Museum.
"Phillips' Mill was an incredibly important social and intellectual hub for Pennsylvania Impressionist painters in the early twentieth century, but the Community Association also exhibited and supported Modernist artists, which a quick browse of the list of artists exhibiting in the inaugural 1929 annual exhibition makes clear." —Laura Turner Igoe, PhD
LAURA TURNER IGOE, PhD – Guest
Laura is the Chief Curator of the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa. Since her arrival in 2019 she has led several exhibits, including Rising Tides: Contemporary Art and The Ecology of Water. This exhibit was organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and featured work by contemporary artists from Bucks County and the greater Philadelphia region who are investigating the effects of global warming.
She specializes in American art and material culture of the nineteenth century and has worked at the Harvard Art Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, among other institutions.
Laura hosted her own syndicated show in Virginia before joining WAMU in Washington, D.C., where she also contributed to NPR. Laura became involved in the arts while living in Singapore, where she worked as a docent and developed an interest in textiles. Today, Laura is a weaver and chair of the Phillips’ Mill Art Show committee.