Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy

Begin Date2008-06-01
End Date2008-09-14
CuratorsWilliam Rudolph, Dorothy Kosinski
Last Harvested At2022-03-05
Credit LineThis exhibition was organized by the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, curated by Deborah M. Rothschild, and made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life; the Terra Foundation for American Art; the Getty Foundation; and the Dedalus Foundation, Inc. The presentation in Dallas is made possible Museum Tower. Air transportation was provided by American Airlines. Promotional support was provided by CBS Radio: KLUV and JACK-FM, PaperCity, and WBAP.
LocationMarguerite and Robert Hoffman Galleries
OrganizerWilliams College Museum of Art
DescriptionThis exhibition explores the extraordinary lives of Sara and Gerald Murphy and the couple's influence on a remarkable constellation of creative artists that flourished in Paris and the Riviera in the 1920s and 1930s. Friends of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker, Alfred Hitchcock, and Fernand Léger, the Murphys strove to make something fine and beautiful of their lives through "living well," creating art, and encouraging artist and writer friends. The result was some of the most noteworthy literature, music, theater, and art of the last century. Often portrayed simply as wealthy patrons, the Murphys in fact improvised their own brand of unconventional modernism that was a source of inspiration to their many talented friends. The Dallas Museum of Art holds in its permanent collection two of only seven Gerald Murphy paintings that are known to have survived out of an oeuvre that comprises only fourteen paintings. Both "Razor" (1924) and "Watch" (1925) will be featured in the exhibition. Organized by the Williams College Museum of Art. Organizing curator in Dallas is Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.