- Dec 7, 2018
Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over
Book Reading with Author Nell Irvin Painter
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7pm – Free & Open to the Public!
Join us for Supper at 6:15pm – $10 member / $12.50 general
Prepared by TSL’s Chef Chelsea Snider. Dojo’s Hijiki Tofu Burger: Baked Tofu and Seaweed Patty served over Brown Rice with Green Salad and Carrot Ginger Dressing. RSVP for supper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-822-8100
Copies of Old in Art School available for sale at the TSL Book Space!
“This is a courageous, intellectually stimulating, and wholly entertaining story of one woman reconciling two worlds and being open to the possibilities and changes life offers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school – in her sixties – to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School (2018, Counterpoint Press), she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived.
How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, “You will never be an artist”? Who defines what “An Artist” is and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference?
Old in Art School is Nell Painter’s ongoing exploration of those crucial questions. Bringing to bear incisive insights from two careers, Painter weaves a frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art.
NELL PAINTER is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. Her acclaimed works of history include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth, and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People, which have received widespread attention for their insights into how we have historically viewed and translated ideas of gender, value, hierarchy, and race. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her visual artwork has been shown at numerous galleries and in many collections, including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Gallery Aferro. She lives in Newark, New Jersey and the Adirondacks.