June Wayne: Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries

May 4–August 31, 2014

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.

Image Credit:

June Wayne, My Self [detail], 1985. Color lithograph printed by Edward Hamilton. Image: 7 x 9 inches, Sheet: 22 x 21 inches. © The June Wayne Collection, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

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Related Programs:
Saturday, May 17 at 1pm | In Dialogue: Contemporary Art Conversations

Contemporary Art Conversations is a series of panel discussions, organized by art historian Betty Ann Brown, in which critics and artists address art, artists, and current exhibitions. This panel, the seventeenth in the series, is moderated by Brown and includes art critics Shana Nys Dambrot and Peter Frank, as well as artist/writer John O'Brien. They will discuss June Wayne: Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries, as well as other exhibitions in the Los Angeles area.

Saturday, June 21 from 3–5pm | Family Day
Participate in fun, free art-making activities for the whole family based on our current exhibitions. Projects include painting, printmaking, tapestry weaving, and creating cyanotypes. All ages welcome!


Sunday, July 13 at 3pm | Insight Talk
Betty Ann Brown, co-curator of June Wayne, leads an exhibition walkthrough, focusing especially on Wayne's feminist politics and her popular—and groundbreaking—body of work, The Dorothy Series.


Saturday, July 26 at 1pm | In Dialogue: June Wayne and the Rise of Women Artists
Presented in conjunction with the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art (SCWCA), this panel discussion focuses on June Wayne, her inspiring legacy, and issues facing contemporary women artists today. Moderated by curator Betty Ann Brown, panelists include artist-educator Ruth Weisberg, artist and SCWCA President Cheryl Bookout, and Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena artists Suvan Geer and Christine Nguyen.


Sunday, August 10 at 3pm | Insight Talk
Jay Belloli, co-curator of June Wayne, leads an exhibition walkthrough, particularly highlighting how Wayne's scientific knowledge and connections influenced her work across all media.