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Laura Miller and Vivian S. Steinberg

DATES December 7, 1947 through December 31, 1947
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  • December 8, 1947: The Brooklyn Museum Art School announces an exhibition of paintings by Laura Miller and Vivian Steinberg at the Art School Gallery from December 8 through December 31.

    Both artists have studied with Rufino Tamayo in his Creative Painting Workshop at The Brooklyn Museum Art School. Speaking of their work Tamayo declares: “It is good to see the kind of painting these young artists are doing. Not imitation photography, but real painting. Poetry in plastic form.”

    Laura Miller, Brooklyn born, graduate of Cooper Union, worked at important drafting job during war at Brooklyn Navy Yard, has studied with Tamayo since he came to the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Previously studied with George Picken, also at the Art School, and with Morris Cantor and Byron Thomas. Her aim in painting is not to imitate nature, but to get an insight into the creative process of life itself, and capture it in plastic form.

    Vivian Steinberg, also a graduate of Cooper Union before studying in the Tamayo Workshop, has been interested in painting from childhood. Studied modern dance with Martha Graham and Jane Dudley, designed costumes and sets for dance productions, and discovered many illuminating points of contact between modern dance and modern art. She is now instructing children’s art classes at the Brooklyn Museum. Her approach to painting is experimental and attempts to achieve a total integration of subject, emotion and form.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 10-12/1947, 169. View Original
  • December 8, 1947: An exhibition of new paintings by Vivian Steinberg, who has danced professionally with the Nina Fonaroff group, is announced by the Brooklyn Museum Art School beginning December 8 and continuing through December 31, 1947. The exhibition will be held in the Art School Gallery.

    Miss Steinberg, long interested in the integration of the arts, has discovered through her study of dance form and dynamics with Martha Graham and Jane Dudley, a vital relationship between the space composition and structural movement of modern dance and the plastic form and movement in modern painting. Although neither dancing nor dancers are included in her present range of subject matter, she feels that her experience as a dancer and designer of costumes and sets for modern dance productions have given her a richer approach to painting. She was art director of the Perry Mansefield Theatre Workshop in Colorado and danced there in Merce Cunningham’s dance drama. As a student in the Creative Painting Workshop under Rufino Tamayo in the Brooklyn Museum Art School, she has continued her urge to experiment in the field of plastic form in an effort to capture, through color, forms and shapes, an imaginative vision of man and his world.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 10-12/1947, 170. View Original