History on Her Canvas
Theresa Bernstein and Portrayals of Early Twentieth Century Immigrant Life in New York
Wed / Jun 9 / 12:00 pm
Liz Diament and Rabbi Savenor
Explore the early work of Theresa Bernstein, possibly the only artist to have made and exhibited art in every decade of the twentieth century. Despite her initial success, Bernstein, born in Krakow in 1890, is an underappreciated artist in the history of American modernism due to the barriers she faced as a female artist. Together with the artist George Bellows, photographer Jacob Riis, and novelist Upton Sinclair, she provided a window into the challenges faced by new immigrants in New York in the early twentieth century.
Liz Diament is a senior educator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where she has managed and developed the docent education program for almost 18 years. In addition, she manages the school tour and general public tour program. A proud native of London, England, Diament graduated from Manchester University with an honors degree in Art History and a Masters’ Degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York.