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 Past Exhibition

Catherine McCarthy: Velvet and Plush
January 15–March 21, 1999
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Boston-based artist Catherine McCarthy layers her paintings with images derived from art history and from her own family history. She draws from both Old Master paintings and the stuff of childhood such as primers and spelling exercises. Interchanging these images through beautiful layers of painted imagery and text, she constructs a narrative language that speaks to shared histories. As an artist in residence, McCarthy worked with 5th- through 8th-grade students for several days at the Museum. This is her first solo museum exhibition.