Consider this part two. “Thoroughly Modern: Women in 20th Century Art and Design” dovetails nicely with the Speed Art Museum’s recently-closed “Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism,” which was an excellent, traveling exhibition about women painters who lived in Paris from 1850 to 1900. With “Thoroughly Modern,” viewers can see how the creativity of women artists continued through the years.
The in-house show, gleaned from the Speed’s permanent collection, covers the years 1900 to 1960. It was co-curated by Chief Curator Erika Holmquist-Wall, curator of European and American painting and sculpture, and Scott Erbes, curator of decorative arts and design. “Thoroughly Modern” showcases the works of 21 artists.
“Many of these artists also launched their careers in the shadow of artist spouses or partners,” said Holmquist-Wall. “While some of these women stopped making art due to the pressures of raising families — or simply switched to working in traditionally female mediums