Director’s Circle members are invited to a complimentary cocktail reception and lecture by Ruth Fine, a practicing artist and retired curator of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Fine will discuss the exhibition Frank Stewart’s Nexus: An American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present, starting with the search for his African American roots in Africa, Cuba, and New Orleans, and ending with Stewart’s current attention to the effects of climate change throughout the United States. Stewart’s interest in new photographic processes will be featured as well.
A practicing artist, Fine was a curator for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from 1972–2012, lastly as Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art. Among other subjects her exhibitions addressed Romare Bearden, Helen Frankenthaler, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jasper Johns, and several print publishing workshops. Fine’s attention to African American artists started with Dox Thrash in 1972 and includes publications on Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis, Martin Puryear, Brandywine Workshop and Archives, and an exhibition of Frank Stewart’s jazz photographs. Fine chairs the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Board and is a consultant to the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.