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The Promise of Peace: Violet Oakley’s United Nations Portraits

Woodmere Art Museum

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Exhibitions & Lectures

Jan 10, 1946 – First general assembly of the United Nations

The exhibition The Promise of Peace: Violet Oakley’s United Nations Portraits focuses on an important series of portraits made by Philadelphia artist Violet Oakley (1874-1961) in 1946 to record the historic opening meetings of the United Nations. Oakley attended some of the first meetings of the UN, and her portraits of delegates and representatives from across the globe are studied from life. These are among the most historically-significant works in Woodmere’s collection, and include Trygve Halvdan Lie, the first Secretary General of the UN, among other distinguished representatives from China, France, Haiti, India, Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, and Poland. The Oakley portraits showcase her lifelong dedication to the promotion of peace and world harmony. One of the great artists of Philadelphia, Oakley was an independent, forward-thinking, and self-described “pilgrim seeking peace” who began her career in 1895 and achieved great success in a male-dominated profession. This will be the first time many of these works have been exhibited in more than ten years, and they have never been shown in the context of interpreting their historical moment.

Along with the exhibition there will be over twenty special events capturing the essence of the time (mid 1940’s): jazz and classical music events; Tuesday evening film viewings; lectures on the topics of peace, art and human rights, and Violet Oakley; and fun family events for all ages.

Learn more at woodmereartmuseum.org

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Free Exhibitions & Lectures

March 31 - April 27

Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Avenue
Phila, PA 19118
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March 31 – April 27
Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 8:45PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Closed Mondays

Exhibition free with price of Museum admission.

Discounted tickets available at Museum for Seniors (55+), Students (with ID), Children, and Members (with ID).
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