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Hildreth Meière and the Classical Roots of Art Deco
with Kathleen Murphy Skolnik | Hosted by the Chicago-Midwest Chapter

May 20, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET

During her forty-year career, the prolific and versatile Hildreth Meière completed approximately one hundred commissions, including the roundels of Dance, Drama, and Song for the Fiftieth Street façade of Radio City Music Hall, the interiors of the Nebraska State Capitol, and the whimsical bronze silhouette of Mercury and the winds for the Logan Square Post Office here in Chicago. Kathleen Murphy Skolnik, co-author of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière, will acquaint you with this talented artist and her modern interpretations of classical themes.

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Hildreth Meière: Her Creations Are the Definition of So Extra

By Melissa Graf

Writer Melissa Graf highlights Meière in a blog article titled Hildreth Meière: Her Creations Are the Definition of “So Extra”.

The article discusses Meière’s background, education, her influences, and of course her breathtaking artwork Graf was so intrigued after seeing some of Meière’s most famous and well known commissions, she took to doing some research on the artist on her own. Graf learned that Meière always pushed herself academically, always pursuing her love of learning. Furthermore, Graf was impressed that Meière paved her own way in the mostly male centered architecture and art world, creating many large scale, show stopping commissions.

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Biography of Hildreth Meière

Hildreth Meière (me-AIR) was one of the most renown American muralists of the 20th century. During her forty-year career from the 1920s until her death in 1961, she pioneered a modern approach to murals that broke away from academic tradition and blended such influences as early Byzantine mosaics, Egyptian wall painting, classical Greek vase painting, and Native American beadwork into a style that came to be known as Art Deco.

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