After curating an exhibition with some of her classmates a year ago, Laura Meisner ’17 wanted another chance to compile a collection of artwork and put it into historical context. This spring, she pored over the Daura Gallery’s collection of works by Maxfield Parrish to create her own exhibition.
Her exhibition, “Maxfield Parrish: Book Illustrations,” opened this week. Earlier in April, it was featured in The News & Advance.
The show features illustrations from several books, including “The Arabian Nights,” “Poems of Childhood,” and “Knave of Hearts.” Curating the exhibition involved not only selecting which of Parish’s works to display, but also how to arrange them and how to describe them for viewers. She chose to place them in approximate chronological order according to the book each illustration appeared in. The early works are black and white because the books were not printed in color, although Parrish’s original illustrations would have had color, Laura said.
“His style is so unique that it really falls into its own category,” Meisner told the News & Advance. “There’s always so much detail in [his work] that it’s hard to place the combination of all of his patterns and styles in any other artist.”
Read the full News & Advance story here. The exhibition will be on display until August.