EXHIBITION: Six Degrees of PeGGy Bacon
September 30 through November 1

Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon
September 30–November 1, 2013
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
The Art Students League of New York
215 West 57th St., New York, NY

Art Students League artist Peggy Bacon (1895–1987) knew a lot of people in the art world. She is not a household name, but she should be. Her long career was various, productive, and successful. She was famous for her witty caricatures of celebrities and artists; she excelled at printmaking; wrote and illustrated numerous children’s books; and published poetry and novels.

Taking her as the central figure, the collections of the Archives of American Art reveal the deep and diverse history of art in the United States and beyond. How did the creative, significant, and trivial interactions between student and teacher, artist and dealer, and even lover to lover work? How many degrees separate her art world?

The exhibition features documents, photos, specially created graphics showing the degrees of connection between Bacon and other prominent 20th Century artists, and several of Bacon's works from the League's Permanent Collection.


Related Links 

Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon at the Smithsonian Institute

Download the Exhibition Brochure 


Photographer Alfred Stieglitz organized one of
Peggy Bacon’s first solo exhibitions.









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