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Jane Haskell: Drawing in Light

The JCC’s American Jewish Museum presents Jane Haskell: Drawing In Light


Jane_HaskellJane Haskell: Drawing In Light
October 20, 2015–February 19, 2016
Fine Perlow Weis Gallery
Berger Gallery

Drawing In Light surveys Jane Haskell’s (1923–2013) artistic scope and focuses on work in which the emphasis on light is key. The exhibition—the first in-depth examination of her work—includes approximately 30 light sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Drawing In Light is curated by Dr. Vicky A. Clark and Melissa Hiller, American Jewish Museum Director.

Jane Haskell’s Modernism: A Pittsburgh Legacy on view at Carnegie Museum of Art 

Exhibit-related Publication

Jane Haskell: Drawing In Light

Written by Vicky A. Clark and Melissa Hiller

Introduction by Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Softcover, 187 pages with over 100 illustrations, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-692-45331-5


This visually stunning publication, Jane Haskell: Drawing In Light, surveys Haskell’s career. Originally from New York, Jane Haskell (1923-2013) was an artist and a philanthropist who made Pittsburgh her home for nearly fifty years. Authors Vicky A. Clark and Melissa Hiller focus their insightful examination on Haskell’s sculpture, painting and drawing in which the emphasis on light is key.

Drawing In Light is the first-ever in depth examination of Haskell’s work and includes an introduction by her longtime friend and colleague Richard Armstrong, a biographical sketch by American Jewish Museum Director Melissa Hiller, and an essay by Hiller and art historian Vicky A. Clark, PhD. Their essay covers substantial ground about Haskell’s work, her sensibilities and influences, and her position within the schema of twentieth-century art and artists. Observations by Haskell’s friends, family and colleagues add a personal dimension. The honest, perceptive comments about who she was and what she stood for contextualize this iconic and beloved artworld figure.

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Drawing In Light Supporters


The Fine Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
Irving and Aaronel deRoy Gruber Foundation
Jack Buncher Foundation
Michael and Sherle Berger Foundation
Netzer Foundation
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Speyer Family Foundation




Anonymous (3)
Elise Adibi & Joan and Siamak Adibi
Family of Sidney S. Alexander
Marjorie Allon
Jane C. Arkus
Richard Armstrong
Edith and Egon Balas
Jo-Anne L. Bates
The Berkman Family
Deborah and Sam Berkovitz
Robin Bernstein
Susan and John Block
Rochelle and Irving* Blumenfeld
Joy Borelli-Edwards
Nancy and David Brent
Charlee Brodsky and Mark Kamlet
Carol Brown
Gillian Cannell and John Cummings
Judith and Ronald Davenport
Andrea and Chad Deal
Ruth and Seymour Drescher
Edith H. Fisher
Isabel and Lee Foster
Robin and Abe Friedman
Mary Lou and Henry J. Gailliot
Ruth Garfunkel
Nanette and Ira* Gordon
Rita J. Gould
Marcia Gumberg
Leslie Golomb Hartman and Ronald Hartman
The Haskell Family
Adrienne and Ted Heinrich
Elsie and Henry L. Hillman
Jewish Residential Services
Wallis and Marshall Katz
Ellen and Jack Kessler
Sydelle and Dr. Laibe Kessler Philanthropic Fund
Barbara Krause and Lawrence King
Corinne and Seymoure Krause
Eileen and Nicholas Lane
Marilyn and Earl Latterman
Harry Leeds
Sally Levin*
Margie H. and Jim Lieber
Sheila and Tom Lieber
Susan and Paul Lieber
Kathryn Logan
Jean McCullough
Ann and Marty McGuinn
Susan and Dick Nernberg
Nancy and Woody Ostrow
Robert Qualters
James and Idamae Rich Fund of
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Agnes Rocher
Rodef Shalom Congregation
Louisa Rosenthal*
Marcia Rosenthal
Mayda and Barry Roth
Rubinoff-Dunham Family Fund of
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Diane Samuels
Ann Gibbons Scherlis and William L. Scherlis
Veronica and Jon Schmerling
Louise Silk
Lea Simonds
Nellie Lou Slagle
Susan and Peter Smerd
Cecile M. and Eric W. Springer
Temple Sinai
Nancy and Milton Washington
Susan and Robert Weis
Susan and David Werner
Gaylen and Richard Westfall
Elizabeth Witzke-Baum and Allen Baum
*of blessed memory

In-kind support is provided by Artist & Craftsman Supply and Blick Art Materials

Carnegie Museum Exhibit

Carnegie Museum Exhibit

Jane Haskell’s Modernism: A Pittsburgh Legacy
November 7, 2015–May 16, 2016

Jane Haskell was an influential presence in Pittsburgh for more than 40 years. Her own artwork, as well as the objects she collected and commissioned for her home, reveal her particular take on Modernism and abiding interest in experimentation with color, line, light, and form. As a board member and donor, Haskell helped Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) collect more than 50 works that reflect crucial international developments in abstract art over the course of the 20th century, including pieces by Kazimir Malevich, Vassily Kandinsky, Carlo Carrà, El Lissitzky, Pablo Picasso, Frank Stella, Eva Hesse, Richard Long, and Dan Flavin. Jane Haskell’s Modernism presents these important works, as well as drawings of and objects from Haskell’s residence designed by Pittsburgh-based architect Herbert Seigle. Framing Haskell’s art practice through the lens of artists she admired, the exhibition also illuminates her tremendous impact within the city’s art community, and especially, at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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