A Century in Art

At the James Gallery at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Theresa Bernstein was a young woman of 24 in this self-portrait. She would go on to live 112 years. University of Nebraska Press

     Gail Levin has organized an exhibition of the work of Theresa Bernstein, now on view at the James Gallery at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

    Ms. Levin, who has a house in Bridgehampton, is distinguished professor of art history at the graduate center and Baruch College. She edited the exhibition catalog, with articles written by her, her students, and other scholars interested in Bernstein’s work.

    Bernstein, who died in 2002, a contemporary of Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, and John Sloan, also painted in realist and expressionistic styles. Her artistic development dovetailed with theirs, but she never received the same recognition or commercial success, even though she showed regularly and was chosen to paint portraits of subjects such as Albert Einstein, Louis Armstrong, and Judy Garland.

    The title of the exhibition and catalog, “Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art,” published by the University of Nebraska Press, acknowledges the unusually long life of the artist, who died at the age of 112. She was active up until the last few years, having exhibitions and writing a memoir and an illustrated children’s book.

    The exhibition will remain on view through Jan. 18.