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The Newport Art Museum invites guests to an afternoon Gallery Talk on Reviving Durr Freedley: Newport’s Forgotten Artist on Sunday, October 18 at 2pm in the Museum’s Cushing Gallery.

The talk will be led by Nancy Whipple Grinnell, Newport Art Museum Curator, who will discuss Freedley’s life and work. The event is free with the price of Museum admission.

Reviving Durr Freedley will be on view through January 18, 2016. For more information visit NewportArtMuseum.org or call 401-848-8200.

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About the Exhibition

Reviving Durr Freedley: Newport’s Forgotten Artist takes an in-depth look at the many artistic connections and contributions of artist Durr Freedley, who lived and worked in Newport during the 1930s.

Freedley was an Arts and Crafts artist who transitioned to Art Deco, painting elegant portraits that combined the sensibilities of the early Italian Renaissance, Asian art, and the French Art Deco movement. He painted portraits for numerous Newport families, served on the Council of the Art Association of Newport (now the Newport Art Museum), and in 1933 created the murals in Newport’s Memorial Chapel of the Seamen’s Church Institute. He was a brilliant Harvard graduate—editor of the Lampoon—who also attended Williams College and the Royal Academy of Art. He was a decorative arts curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he made numerous important contributions, such as the development of the American Wing.

The exhibition includes portraits, drawings, ecclesiastical designs and architectural drawings. Works from the Newport Art Museum’s permanent collection — gifts from both Mrs. Hamilton Fish Webster and the John Howard Benson family — are augmented by loans from Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum and Benson family members. A publication on Freedley’s work accompanies the exhibition, designed by Fisher Press and made possible through the generosity of Elizabeth Prince de Ramel. Exhibition support was also provided by Skinner, Inc., and Terrence and Suzanne Murray.


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