"1,000 Words: Readings from Independent Artists' Archives" at The Dedalus Foundation

Join The Hedda Sterne Foundation and many of our colleagues at the event "1,000 Words: Readings from Independent Artists' Archives,"  on Friday, April 21, 10:30am - 1pm, at the Dedalus Foundation.

Presented by the Dedalus Foundation and the Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation in association with The Brooklyn Rail, this event will feature readings of poetry, letters, interviews and visual texts from leading independent artists' archives.

We are looking forward to artist and poet Patti Trimble's reading of select unpublished writing by Hedda Sterne, gleaned from The Hedda Sterne Foundation's archives.  These writings - notes and diaries that Sterne kept from the 1940s forward - were the artist's way of organizing and investigating her thoughts on art and philosophy.  This reading will be the first time these notes are shared with the public.  Patti Trimble's reading will provide a window into Sterne's unique way of exploring the challenges and rewards of the artistic process.  

Other presentations will include a staged reading of the 1954 legal case: Barnett Newman vs. Ad Reinhardt and College Art Association; highlights from 15 years of artist conversations with The Brooklyn Rail; and selected readings from the archives of The Willem de Kooning Foundation; The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation; The Harriet and Esteban Vicente Foundation; The Reversible Destiny Foundation and others.

RSVP Required

1,000 Words: Readings from Independent Artists' Archives
Dedalus Foundation, 25 East 21st Street, Fourth Floor
April 21, 2017, 10:30am-1:00pm

One of hundreds of "studio notes" written by Hedda Sterne and part of the Hedda Sterne Foundation's archives.  In Sterne's sprawling script: "The way to see my drawings is to try not to expect anything: these are drawings. They are the means used, but they are something else... The fact that they have varied meanings (images conjured) is an inherent part of them, whatever they are."

"Making Space: Women and Postwar Abstraction" on view at MoMA, NY

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is now showing "Making Space: Women and Postwar Abstraction," on view on MoMA's 3rd floor through August 13.  Drawn entirely from the museum's collection, this exhibition features a painting and print by Hedda Sterne in context with nearly 100 artworks by 50 women, dating between 1945 and about 1970.

Visit https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions for more information, including tours, workshops and classes related to the show.

Hedda Sterne's, New York VIII, 1954 on view at the entry to "Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction".  This work is collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired in 1954 - the same year the work was completed.  

"Go Figure" on view at Van Doren Waxter

Three drawings by Hedda Sterne are now on view as part of Van Doren Waxter's exhibition Go Figure, January 11 – February 18, 2017.

From the gallery: 

Van Doren Waxter is pleased to present Go Figure, a group exhibition that explores the intersection of select historical and contemporary artists through the vernacular of figurative painting. Spanning a period of over 70 years (1944-2016), this cross-generational survey considers the timeless tradition of figuration as a through line connecting past to present. The included artists employ varying media and pictorial strategies to produce imagistic effects often blurring the lines of representation to create dramatic scenes of unreality. Go Figure will include painting, sculpture, works on paper and assemblage from James Brooks, Joseph Cornell, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Ed Paschke, Hedda Sterne as well as contemporary artists Kristin Baker, Michael Berryhill, Jeronimo Elespe, Volker Hüller, and Sarah Peters.
— http://www.vandorenwaxter.com/exhibitions/go-figure

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, c. 1965-68, Ink on paper, 14 1/2 x 11 5/8 in.; now on view as part of the exhibition Go Figure at Van Doren Waxter, January 11 – February 18, 2017

Welcome to the HSF Updated Website

The Hedda Sterne Foundation is happy to share our newly updated website.  As part of our mission to explore and share the remarkable legacy of Hedda Sterne, we are delighted to include dozens of new images of Sterne's artwork, an illustrated chronology, and additional new resources to help anyone interested in learning more about the artist follow their curiosity.

We wish to thank the many distinguished museums who have shared images of work by Hedda Sterne from their holdings.  Many of these images are are collected for the first time on this site, providing a valuable illustration of the breadth and scope of Sterne's eight-decade-long career.

So please explore, enjoy, and stay tuned as we continue to add content.