Top: Mother in Her Orange Robe, 1989
Bottom: Young and Old, c. 1969

Michele L'Heureux

Selected Press:

Boston Globe

The Justice

Suzanne Hodes

Family Matters: Three Generations of Women

June 19 – September 25, 2013

Suzanne HodesView installation images of the exhibition. Read the catalog. Check out  the exhibition postcard and poster

Waltham-based artist and activist Suzanne Hodes exhibits paintings, drawings, and prints that collectively examine the legacy of three generations of women in her family, beginning with the artist’s grandmother, who immigrated to New York from Lithuania in 1904, and including her mother and herself.  Hodes is one of the founders of the Waltham Mills Artists community, which occupies two reclaimed textile mills in downtown Waltham where Hodes has kept a studio for more than 30 years. She has also been a lifelong activist, including the co-founder of Artists for Survival, a group that educated the public about the dangers of nuclear arms for 15 years.

Many of the works in “Family Matters” are portraits, which Hodes says are “a direct exploration of the physiognomy and spirit of the woman, reflecting on a period in her life.” The portraits explore the passage and effects of time and the legacy of women’s creative work. Hodes considers herself a “solar collector, collecting light, color and physical impressions of family members.” Through these expressive portraits, she is trying “to hold on to [her] foremothers, and save their portraits and spirits into the future.” 

Suzanne HodesIn addition to the artwork in “Family Matters,"—the gallery will also exhibit additional artworks and archival materials from Hodes’s decades as a social activist.

Suzanne Hodes grew up in New York City and later attended Radcliffe and Brandeis University to study with Arthur Polonsky and Mitchell Siporin. She also attended Skowhegan for two summers and spent a summer in Salzburg with Oskar Kokoschka. Hodes went on to study at Columbia University with Meyer Schapiro, after which she launched a long exhibition career at galleries and museums throughout the US. Her work is included in many public collections, including the Fogg Art Museum, Rose Art Museum, and Rockefeller University.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to support from the Gary David Goldberg ’66 and Diana Meehan Endowment for the Arts.

Related Events

Opening Reception
Thursday, June 20 from 5-7 p.m.
Artist's remarks around 6 p.m.

Artist's Slide Talk: Art & Activism
Wednesday, September 18 at 1 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Expressive Portraiture
Monday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m.
Suzanne Hodes will be joined by Brandeis Professor Emerita Dr. Pam Allara and UMass Dartmouth professor Dr. Memory Holloway to talk about contemporary portraiture, particularly that done by and about women. Dr. Allara will share her research on the artist Alice Neel, and Dr. Holloway will draw from her work on Paula Rego and Picasso, among others.