Charles Ellis, Portrait of EStVM, painted in her library at Steepletop. Collection of The National Portrait Gallery
A special exhibition throughout our 2018 season.
Edna St. Vincent Millay, one of America’s finest poets, was a public figure who rose to prominence in the 1920’s when she became her generation’s spokesperson for gender equality and personal freedom. Much like celebrities today, she carefully crafted her own public image, creating what became a popular brand emulated or reflected by other artists and writers during her lifetime and beyond. In this exhibition, we look at the way others viewed this bestselling poet and incorporated her brand, or at least her essence, in their own work.
This exhibition features a small selection of the vast catalogue of this artistic work created in a variety of forms: sketches, paintings, sculpture, music, the spoken word, film and the written word. Not included are portrait photographs Millay commissioned for publicity purposes or her own poetry and recordings. Instead, she is portrayed here as she appeared through the eyes of others, at times during candid moments shared only with family and friends.
The exhibit is located in the M. Barbara Jackson Exhibition Gallery at Tamarack Cottage, Steepletop’s Visitors Center; and is free to all those visiting Steepletop during normal hours.
The Society's mission is to illuminate the life and writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay and to preserve and interpret the character of Steepletop, her home and gardens, places where nature inspires the creative spirit.