Discover the enigmatic work of this pioneering yet underrecognized painter, who bridged figurative, Surrealist, and abstract currents in modern art.
Charles Howard: Prescience, 1942; oil on canvas; 28 1/4 x 40 1/2 in.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1942.
Charles Howard: The Aimant, 1949; oil on canvas mounted on board; 12 x 16 in.; BAMPFA, purchase made possible through a bequest of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, by exchange, and funds provided by the Norma H. Schlesinger, Andrew & Paul Spiegel Fund, the Marcia Simon Weisman Foundation Fund, the Jan Boyce Fund for Contemporary Art, the Friends and Trustees Acquisitions Endowment Fund, and Sally B. Woodbridge.
Charles Howard: Hare Corner, 1939; gouache and graphite on paper; 26 5/8 × 35 7/8 in.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, purchase, with funds from the Katherine Schmidt Shubert Purchase Fund. Digital image © The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Explore Charles Howard’s arresting art in this fresh, wide-ranging look at the themes and changing contexts of his work as he navigated among figurative, Surrealist, and abstract currents. With Apsara DiQuinzio, Douglas Dreishpoon, Lauren Kroiz, and Jeff Gunderson; moderated by Alexander Nemerov.
Enter into abstraction through an automatic drawing exercise inspired by Charles Howard’s enigmatic works.
For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)
The BAMPFA curator discusses her methodology and process in developing and organizing the exhibition Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos.
Get inspired by Charles Howard’s dreamlike paintings, then make your own surreal compositions.
Explore painter Charles Howard’s enigmatic work with the exhibition curator.