Annual Wyeth Day Lecture: Conceptions of Andrew Wyeth from the Mistaken to the Absurd

Observations by James Duff, Former Director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art

Presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum.

This lecture will address popular, critical, and scholarly notions that misrepresent Andrew Wyeth’s intentions and the content of his work, as well as his personal actions. Numerous statements regarding Wyeth’s career are remarkably inaccurate, and many of those have been spread by repetition in various media, from newspapers and magazines to journals of art criticism and history. Such mistakes, misunderstandings, and erring opinions and hypotheses often have gone unchallenged. The lecture will confront some of these misinterpretations and attempt to bring accuracy to the record. 

James H. Duff was director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, beginning in 1973 and also executive director of the museum’s parent organization, the Brandywine Conservancy, from 1976 until his retirement in 2011. He has published many articles related to the museum profession and also articles and books on aspects of American art. He has organized a variety of exhibitions, including An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art, which traveled to nine museums in five countries. He lectures on American art history, especially as it relates to the Brandywine Valley. 

Show Dates & Times:

7/26/16 - Tuesday

6:00 pm,

Free Admission. Doors at 5:30pm

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