Event – Detail

Athenaeum members only - please register
MEMBER $45.00

Thursday, July 18 at 10:30 AM

Athenaeum Members' Tour of Mary Cassatt at Work
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Join fellow Athenaeum members for a private small-group, guided tour of Mary Cassatt at Work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

A celebrated member of the French Impressionists, Pennsylvania-born Mary Cassatt challenged the conventional expectations of Philadelphia’s elite. In Paris, Cassatt committed herself to a career as a professional artist and made the social, intellectual, and working lives of modern women a core subject of her prints, paintings, and pastels. Though recognized in her lifetime for her intimate depictions of women and children, Cassatt has yet to be appreciated for her serious engagement with the realities of gender and labor in her portrayal of other traditionally feminine activities, such as embroidery, reading, or making social appearances.

These depictions lie at the heart of Mary Cassatt at Work, which will present over 130 diverse works that follow the artist’s evolving practice and demonstrate her interest in the “serious work” of artmaking. The exhibition will present new findings about the materials she used and her processes—which were advanced for her era—as it coincides with a detailed technical study of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s significant Cassatt holdings.

Mary Cassatt at Work is the first major showing of the artist’s oeuvre since 1998–99. By considering her professionalism, her biography, and the wider Parisian world she inhabited, a richer and more complex picture of Cassatt develops, inviting contemporary conversations about gender, work, and artistic agency.

Important Information:

  • Space is very limited. A reservation (and payment, if paying by cash or check) is a MUST.
  • Transportation is not provided. Attendees must make their own travel plans to and from the museum.
  • Please arrive at the museum by 10:15 am to meet the tour guide at the East Admission Desk in the Great Stair Hall.
  • Your ticket includes general admission to the museum, so feel free to stay after the tour to explore on your own!

Athenaeum member price: $45.00