June Wayne: Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries

Painter, printmaker, and feminist activist, June Wayne made a significant contribution to the art of the twentieth century. Best known for The Dorothy Series—the groundbreaking print biography of her Russian immigrant mother—and for single-handedly revitalizing lithography in the United States through the founding of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Wayne’s interests and contributions were extraordinarily varied over her more than seventy-five year career. The artist socialized with poets, movie stars, and rocket scientists, often mining their innovations and contributions to fuel her own work. This exhibition charts the high points of Wayne’s pioneering oeuvre, featuring works from each of her major periods, from her early Social Realist paintings through her lithographs responding to the literary works of Franz Kafka and John Donne, to The Dorothy Series, through her tapestries and innovative light-reflective paintings, to her late digital prints. The exhibition also includes three videos, one of which is a short compilation of the artist speaking about her life and art.

Curated by art historians Betty Ann Brown, Ph.D., and Jay Belloli, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by the two curators and an introduction by artist-educator Ruth Weisberg.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Pasadena Art Alliance, the Southern California Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Elaine Mitchell Attias, and Paula Holt.