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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, May 11, 1930, Image 105

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~W~T was 21 years ago that the American
/ m Federation of Arts was formed at a
/ M convention held here in Washington at
/# the Willard Hotel. At that time there
was no National Commission of Fine
Arts, no Park and Planning Commission for
Washington, no National Gallery of Art; and all
art, no matter how fine, brought to this coun
try was dutiable. It was to remedy this situa
tion, to furnish a channel for the expression of
public opinion in matters pertaining to art, to
establish a clearing house for art, that a group
of far-seeing men and women of affairs advo
cated the formation of a national art organi
Numerous meetings were held in the beauti
ful tapestry gallery of the late Charles M.
Ffoulke’s residence, and among those who ac
tively took part in arrangements for the con
vention of organisation were Mr. Ffoulke, at
that time president of the Washington Society
of the Fine Arts; T. Wayland Vaughan, Glenn
Brown, then secretary of the American Insti
tute of Architects; the late A. 3. Parsons, chief
of the division of prints of the Library of Con
gress; William E. Curtis, newspaper correspond
ent; the late Robert Bacon, at that time a
member of the cabinet, and Elihu Root, Secre
tary of Btate.
Mr. Root brought the matter at that time to
President Roosevelt’s attention, and under date
of April 30, 1908, the President wrote Mr. Root
as follows: “I am glad to know that you are
taking an active Interest in the movement to
organise a National Federation of Arts and will
do all I can to promote it, because such an or
ganization can be made very effective for good.
• • * I am glad to learn that It is proposed to
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"In the Orchard" a painting by Marjorie Phillips. It is included in an exhibition at the Phillips Memorial Gallery.
hold a convention in Washington and you may
count on me to do my share in making It a
success. (Signed) Theodore Roosevelt.”
Twenty-one years have passed since then.
Mr. Root has continuously been associated
with the federation during this entire time. He
is now honorary president and a member of
the board. During that time phenomenal
growth has taken place in the matter of art
interest and appreciation throughout the coun
try, due, undoubtedly, in part tq the formation
of the national organisation and its broad pro
gram of educational work.
Affiliated with the American Federation of
Arts are now 440 chapters throughout the
United States, including the leading art mu
seums and associations. It yearly sends out be
tween 40 and 50 traveling exhibitions of high
standing, whieh are shown approximately 300
times during the season. It not only circulates
exhibitions In this country, but sends American
art abroad and brings the best of foreign art
to America. It has become a big working or
ganization, with headquarters here in Wash
This week the twenty-first annual convention
of the American Federation of Arts will be held
at the Mayflower Hotel in this city, and in at
tendance will be directors of art museums and
associations, art teachers in colleges, univer
sities and schools, laymen and artists inter
* ested and personally concerned in the ad
vancement of art.
At the opening session on the morning of May
14 the address of welcome and review of prog
ress will be given by Charles Moore, chairman
of the National Commission of Fine Arts. At
this session, at which F. A. Delano, treasurer of
Plans for Convention of American Federation
of Arts —Interesting Exhibitions in the
Local Galleries.
the federation, will preside. The new president,
Frederic Allen Whiting, will be Installed. A
review of the work will be given by various of
The afternoon session on May 14, also at the
Mayflower, will be devoted to the subject of
“The Artist and His Public.’* Practically every
gp»«ir«»T on the program will be a practicing art
ist. Among the speakers on this occasion will
be Wilford Conrow, painter; J. Scott Williams,
mural painter; Lorado Taft, sculptor; Frederick
T. Weber, etcher, and Frank Gardner Hale,
master craftsman.
On May 15 there will be sessions in the morn
ing at the Mayflower and in the evening in the
chamber music auditorium of the Library of
Congress. These sessions are unique. Hie for
mer will be on “Theater Arts and Drama”; the
latter on “Music and Its Appreciation.” Their
inclusion In the program is to emphasize the
inter-relation of the arts, to set before those
who are principally concerned with the visual
arts the forward movement in related fields.
The session on “Theater Arts and Drama”
will be opened by an illustrated address on “De
signing for the Theater,” by Lee Simonson,
scenic designer of the Theater Guild. He will
be followed by Roy Mitchell, the first director
of Hart House, who will speak on "The Crea
tive Theater”; Kenneth Macgowan, author and
producer, whose subject will be “The Little
Theater Movement,” and Stuart Walker, direc
tor of the Repertory Co., Cincinnati, originator
of the Portmanteau Theater, whose topic will
be "The Geographical Theater.”
The session on “Music and its Appreciation”
will combine music and addresses. The speakers
will be Augustus Delafleld Zantzig, director,
National Music Study, Playground and Recrea
tion Association; Prof. Paul John Weaver,
music director, Cornell University, formerly of
the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
and David Marines, conductor of free concerts,
Metropolitan Museum of Art. The musical
numbers will be given by Charlotte Klein,
organist; Sylvia Lent, violinist, accompanied by
George H. Wilson, pianist, and the Madrigal
Singers from the Washington Choral Festival
Association. This session is open only to
delegates to the convention and specially in
vited guests. All the other sessions of the
convention will be open to the public.
The session on the morning of the third day
will be held, by special permission, in the
beautiful auditorium of the Chamber of Com
merce of the United States, and the subject
will be “Art in Commerce.” It will be opened
by a brief address by the Secretary of Com
merce, Robert P. Lamont, a member of the
board of directors of the American Federation
of Arts. Among the speakers will be Prof.
Charles R. Richards, director of the division of
industrial art, General Education Board; Sidney
Blumenthal of the Shelton Looms, Lew Hahn,
president of Hahn department stores; Earnest
Elmo Calkins, author of “Business, the
- Civilizer” and other books; Helen Koues, as
sociate editor of Good Housekeeping and
director of Good Housekeeping studio, and
Richard F. Bach, director of industrial rela
tions, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
At the final session on the afternoon of May
lA, at the Mayflower Hotel, George W. Eggers
will give an account of the American exhibi
tion shown in Bwe den and now in Denmark
under the Joint auspices of the American
Scandinavian Foundation and the American
Federation of Arts, which he assembled and
directed. At this session two very interesting
new films, "The Etcher’s Art” and “Sculpture
in Stone,” produced by the University Film
Foundation of Cambridge, Mass., will be
The convention will be concluded, as usual,
with a banquet at the Mayflower Hotel, Friday
evening, at which the speakers will be the
Canadian Minister, Mr. Massey; Augustus
Vincent Tack, mural painter; Thornton Oakley,
illustrator; Flavel Shurtleff. city planner, and
one or two other persons of note.
A round table dinner on school arts will be
held at the Mayflower on the evening of May
14, at which C. Valentine Kirby will preside and
to which all art teachers are invited to
During the convention one afternoon will be
given to an excursion to Mount Vernon. Ar
rangements have been made for visits by the
delegates to the Davies memorial exhibition at
the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Phillips
Memorial Gallery and the Hungarian exhibi
tion at the National Gallery of Art. A full
but an interesting program.
r pOMORROW and next day, in advance of
1 the convention of the American Federation
of Arts, the Federal Council on Art Education
. will hold its annual meeting in this city.
This council was organized m 1924 and is
composed of three representatives from each
of the following organizations: The American
Federation of Arts, American Institute of Archi
tects, the Western Arts Association, the Eastern
Arts Association, the Association of Art
Museum Directors, the College Art Association.
The purpose of the organization is to make
careful studies of various phases of art educa
tion, issuing printed reports on findings, to
gether with recommendations. The council
has committees at work in the fields of ele
mentary school art, junior and senior high
school art, college and university art, teacher
training, art schools, art education in museums
and terminology.
Royal Bailey Farnum of the Rhode Island
School of Design, Providence, formerly principal
of the Massachusetts School of Art, is president
of the council; Leon Loyal Winslow, director of
art in Baltimore, secretary.
The meetings of the council will also be at
the Mayflower Hotel.
Vl/HAT promises to be a most interesting
i” report on color names and a color exhibit
will be presented here in Washington Tuesday
and Wednesday of this week in connection with
a convention to be held by the United States
Pharmacopoeia. The United States Pharma
copoeia is a legal standard for drugs and
medicines and its revision is authorised at the
beginning of each decennum by a convention
of physicians and pharmacists. In connection
with the last revision it was noted that many
color names were used in a haphazard way and
a study of color names and their standardization
was undertaken.
The sessions of this convention will be held
at the Willard Hotel.
ALTHOUGH late in the season, Washing
ton la ns and visitors to Washington will
find in the local galleries exceptionally in
teresting exhibitions on view at this time.
- At the Corcoran Gallery of Art there is not
only the Davies Memorial exhibition, which
is extraordinarily comprehensive and important,
but also an interesting group of recent por
traits by Margaret Fitzhugh Browne, which
will be placed on view today and reviewed at
length in these columns later.
At the National Gallery of Art is the
Hungarian exhibition, which increases in in
terest upon acquaintance. At the Phillips
Memorial Gallery there is a special exhibition
of recent paintings, by Mrs. Phillips in the
Little Gallery, in addition to the studies for
mural paintings by Augustus Vincent Tack, to
which reference has previously been made. At
the Yorke Gallery the adventurous English
artist, Vivian Guy, is exhibiting, and at the
Arts dub are to be seen paintings by Minor
S. Jameson and pictorial photographs by Paul
P. Steintorf. In the Library of Congress the
special attractions are the Pennell Memorial
exhibition and pictorial photographs of Fred
ericksburg by Frances Benjamin Johnston. The
Smithsonian Institution, division of graphic
arts, United States National Museum, is show
ing etchings by Gordon Grant and others.
THE exhibition of paintings by Marjorie PUD* q
■ lips which opened May 3 to continue to
May 31 comprises 13 works in oil landscapes,
still life and genre—the majority of which
were produced during the past few monthsi
All were included in an exhibition held recently
in New York and very favorably commented
upon by critics.
More and more Mrs. Phillips is developing
a style of her own, but as her work increases
in assurance it loses none of its naive charm.
There is no doubt that Mrs. Phillips has been
influenced by the works of the modern French
masters, but she is not one who blindly follows,
and from the first her paintings have pos
sessed marked individuality. Her landscapes,
while simple In manner of interpretation, ad
mirably set forth contours and Interpret with
amazing accuracy forms as seen in mass. Her
painting In this exhibition "On the Ridge"
is an excellent example—a broad view of hills
and tree-grown valleys beautifully patterned
across the canvas—realistic and at the same
time essentially artistic—an interpretation
which carries conviction of fact.
Frequently Mrs. Phillips introduces figures
into her landscapes, usually child figures, thus
relating the world of nature to the world of
man, interpreting the spirit of one while evi
dencing the spirit of the other. For instance,
"The Kite,” a lovely composition in which the
figure of a child flying a kite is of chief in
terest and essential to the composition. “The
Vegetable Garden," "The Birthday Party” and
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Bwene T. Dickinson, President
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Yorke Gallery
2000 S Street
Vivian Guy
May sth to May 17th
Summer Classes
1624 H St. N.W. National 8054

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