National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) Happy Hour

By Editorial Team on July 26, 2021
Judith Leyster, The Concert, ca. 1633; Oil on canvas, 24 x 34 1/4 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay
Event: Wednesday, July 28 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

On Wednesday, July 28, from 5:30–6:30 p.m., the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) will celebrate the 17th century Dutch painter Judith Leyster’s birthday with a virtual happy hour.

Leyster (1609–1660) produced most of her paintings between approximately 1629 and 1635 prior to her marriage. Her work was influenced by noted Haarlem artist Frans Hals, which led to attribution errors. Although well-known during her lifetime, Leyster and her work were largely forgotten after her death until 1893, when a painting acquired by the Louvre was found to have Leyster’s distinctive monogram (her initials entwined with a five-pointed star) hidden under a false signature reading “Frans Hals.” This discovery led to renewed research and appreciation.

Joining NMWA’s staff in sharing artworks, stories and exploring the museum’s collection will be special guest Frima Fox Hofrichter (professor of the History of Art and Design at Pratt Institute, author of Judith Leyster, A Woman Painter in Holland’s Golden Age). A local mixologist, AJ Johnson, partner and bar director of Serenata, will teach participants how to craft a specialty drink in Leyster’s honor.

The latest in a popular series of creative ‘toasts’ to notable women artists, the online event is donation based with registration here.