As I look at the photographs of Nell Dorr (1893–1988) that are currently on view in the Carter’s exhibition Nell Dorr: From Everlasting to Everlasting, I cannot help but be reminded of the work of another female American artist--that of Mary Cassatt (1844–1926). Like Cassatt, Dorr is best known for her photographs of families, especially mothers and children, and even though Dorr created her photographs in 1950s America, the poses, clothing, and composition seem more in place with Cassatt’s era. Yet her photographs are very much a product of their time. Join us on Thursday, August 28 at 6 p.m. when the Carter's Assistant Curator of Photographs Jessica May will reveal these often overlooked connections during her Gallery Talk, Nell Dorr and the Idea of the Family in the 1950s.
Submitted by Nora P. on August 27, 2008