William and Marguerite Zorach invigorated American modernism with their deep commitment to the transformative power of art. Working against the backdrop of a nation changed by war, urbanization, and new industrial economies, and within the avant-garde circles of John Marin, Marsden, Hartley, Charles Demuth and others, they had, in the words of Marguerite, only "paint and spirit"-and the dedication to create together new worlds of beauty and life.
Paint and Spirit explores dimensions of the Zorach's many worlds, as refigured through their art: the avant-garde, which carried them from Europe to America at the turn of the 20th century, home and family life, and the natural world. It highlights the diverse media in which they worked and includes paintings, drawings and linocuts by both artists, jewelry and sculpture by William as well as 2 important textile pieces by Marguerite.
A collaboration between The Phillips Museum of Art and the students of Professor Linda Aleci's Spring and Fall 2011 Curatorial Seminars, the exhibition is the culmination of two semesters of research, planning, curation and design. The curators will be present at a reception in the newly renovated Dana Gallery on October 27th at 4:45 p.m. They will share their experiences creating the exhibition, as well as their discoveries about the art and lives of two of America's early modernists.
This exhibition is supported in part by the Center of Liberal Arts in Society.