CHATTANOOGA, TN.- The Hunter Museum of American Art presents Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation, on view through August 12, 2007. Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses has remained in the public eye since her first exhibition (at the age of 78) in 1938, at the Museum of Modern Art. In a period enthralled by Americana, Grandma came to represent a significant “primitive” strain in American artistic expression. At the same time Moses was wildly popular: her biography as a farm wife painting at her kitchen table was endlessly repeated.
Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation will put Moses’ work in context to account for its immense popularity. The exhibit will focus on such topics as: Grandma and Regionalism, Women’s Work, Grandma Meets Norman Rockwell, Grandma Fights the Cold War, Grandma Products and Grandma as Celebrity.
Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation is organized by the New York State Historical Association. This exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.