Arthur Dove Program Slated for February 23

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Date(s) - 02/23/2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Geneva History Museum-Geneva Historical Society


A program on Arthur Dove, a world-renowned artist from Geneva often overlooked locally, will be presented on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Geneva History Museum, 543 S. Main Street. James Spates will discuss “The Overlooked Master: Arthur Dove, his Art, and Geneva, New York.” The talk is sponsored by the Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes and is free and open to the public.

Arthur Dove lived in Geneva from shortly after his birth in 1880 until going to Cornell to finish his undergraduate education in 1900. During those early years, his love of nature and determination to become a great artist were formed. In 1932, after 30 years in New York City—where he became America’s first abstract painter and established a reputation as one of the most talented artists of his generation—he returned to Geneva for nearly six years. While here he painted almost every day, creating well over 100 works which are now recognized as the among the most important of the 20th century.

James Spates is Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His talk will focus on Dove’s history, and essential invisibility, in Geneva and the reasons for it. Spates is a member of the Board of the Dove Block Restoration Group which recently closed on the purchase of the Dove Block property on Exchange Street, where Arthur Dove lived and painted many of his iconic images.