Described by a Minneapolis critic in 1935 as a “painter’s painter,” B.J.O. Nordfeldt was an artist whose prolific career evinced constant experimentation with subjects, genres, and media of modernist art. The Swedish emigrant lived throughout the world—from his early training and teaching in Chicago and the dynamic art scenes of Paris and New York to his participation in popular American art colonies in Provincetown, Santa Fe, and Lambertville, New Jersey. These various locales encouraged him to engage with new styles and techniques in oil paintings, watercolors, prints, woodcuts, and etchings. His landscapes, portraits, and still lifes showed similarities with the work of Matisse and Cézanne, as well as elements of cubism, and his wood carvings and prints revealed influences from Paul Gauguin and Japanese traditions.
Home to the largest collection of works by this innovative modernist, the Weisman Art Museum invites you to join us for an evening of presentations and discussion with B.J.O. Nordfeldt American Internationalist curator, Gabriel Weisberg, and fellow exhibition and catalog contributors, Paul Kruty, Lyndel King, and Janet Whitmore, moderated by Weisman Art Museum senior curator, Diane Mullin.
There will be a public reception in the Weisman’s Riverview Gallery following the panel conversation. This event will be recorded on video and shared on the Weisman’s YouTube channel. ASL interpretation is available on request, with at least two weeks notice.
This event is held in conjunction with the major survey exhibition of the artist’s work, B.J.O. Nordfeldt American Internationalist, on view at the Weisman Art Museum through July 10, 2022. Learn more about the exhibition >>
This event is free and open to anyone, but registration is required.
RSVP at → z.umn.edu/NordfeldtTalk
Parking is available under the museum. University rates for parking ramps are $3 an hour and a $13 daily maximum.
Nearby parking is also available at the East River Road Garage, which provides both disability and short-term parking for Coffman Memorial Union and the East Bank campus. Both the Museum Garage and the East River Road Garage are easily accessible from Delaware Street.
Gabriel P. Weisberg, PhD—”B.J.O Nordfeldt: American Internationalist”
Gabriel P. Weisberg is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Minnesota, specializing in nineteenth-century art and decorative and graphic arts. Professor Weisberg received his BA from New York University and his PhD in art history from John Hopkins University. Throughout Weisberg’s long and successful career, he has authored many publications and essays, and was the past president of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art. Professor Weisberg is considered one of the leading authorities on 19th century French Realist and Naturalist art. In 2015 the University of Minnesota Foundation and the Department of Art History established an endowed Fellowship for use by undergraduates and graduate students working on projects with area museums. It is named in the honor of Professor Gabriel Weisberg. He is the curator of B.J.O Nordfeldt American Internationalist, now on view at the Weisman Art Museum.
Janet Whitmore, PhD—”Nordfelt and Modernist Chicago”
Dr. Janet Whitmore is an art historian and adjunct professor in the Art + Design Department at Ohio University. She is currently working on the catalogue raisonné of Daniel Ridgway Knight with Rehs Galleries, New York. Recent publications include the catalogue raisonné for Julien Dupré; “B. J. O. Nordfeldt: Artist, Actor, Modernist”, Fine Art Connoisseur, vol. 18, issue 5, October 2021; and SOURCE, Notes in the History of Art (Winter 2020). She has worked on exhibitions for the Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame, the Van Gogh Museum, the Art Museum of the University of Kentucky and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Paul Kruty, PhD—”Emily and Nord: An Enduring Partnership”
Paul Kruty, professor emeritus of architectural history at the University of Illinois, has written extensively on American art and architecture. He has published essays on the art collector Arthur Jerome Eddy, Gutzon Borglum’s Altgeld Memorial, Chicago’s radical art groups of the 1920s, and the early oil portraits by B. J. O. Nordfeldt, as well as the origins of the first architects licensing law, modern casement window hardware, mural painting in the Prairie School, Marion Mahony’s creation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s graphic style, and the workings of Wright’s Oak Park studio. His books include Frank Lloyd Wright and Midway Gardens, Walter Burley Griffin in America, and Marion Mahony and Millikin Place.
Lyndel King, PhD—”Introduction to Nordfeldt and how collection came to the Weisman”
Lyndel King was the Director and Chief Curator of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum for 40 years, during which time she guided it through the design and construction of its current building, designed by prominent architect, Frank Gehry. King has served on the boards of the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, and the International Council of Museums-US. and as co-chair of a task force for the protection of university museum collections. King has been a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. She presents international seminars on museum management. She is chair of the board of the Hill Manuscript Museum and Library and serves on the Schubert Club and Minnesota Center for the Book Arts boards. In 2020 she was awarded the American Association of Museum’s highest honor, the lifetime Award for Distinguished Service to Museums.