Days of Grace: California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawai‘i

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Days of Grace: California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawai‘i


Tuesday Nov 10 04:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Lecture:

Join Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Director of the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House, and Karen Holmes, Interim Curator & Carpenter Family Historian of the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House, as they discuss Grace Hudson's experience as a female painter visiting Hawai'i in 1901.

This lecture is programmed in conjunction with the exhibition, Days of Grace: California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawai'i, which opens Nov. 12. The show features a selection of Grace Hudson’s rarely seen portraits and landscape paintings from her 1901 stay in the islands, along with items of Hawaiian material culture acquired by the artist during her visit.

Best known for her portraits of the Pomo Indian people living near her Ukiah, California, home, Hudson’s work in Hawaiʽi maintained a figurative focus, depicting primarily Native Hawaiian and Asian women and children rendered with a preference for accuracy over improvisation. Her artistic approach, which veers away from the romantic and toward the ethnographic, was a consistent theme across her long career as a painter.



Grace Hudson (American, 1865–1937)
Emma Square
(Painting Number 187) (detail), 1901
Oil on canvas
Collection of George Weatherston

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