Peter Miller: Coming Home
October 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Peyton Wright Gallery is pleased to announce Peter Miller: Coming Home, an exhibition of works by this forgotten figure of American Modernism who spent much of her career in New Mexico. The exhibition commences Friday, October 1 with an opening reception from 5-7 pm, and concludes November 15, 2021.
The artist Peter Miller (1913-1996) was born Henrietta Myers. She changed her name to Peter shortly after concluding her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1934, believing that she would be treated more fairly if the public thought her work was created by a man rather than a woman. Miller is today classified as an American Surrealist, a reputation that she earned for having shown in the early 1940s at the prestigious gallery of Julien Levy in New York, then considered the premier showcase for Surrealist painting in the United States. Despite this affiliation, her work shared little in common with the dream and fantasy world of European Surrealists, although reviewers of her exhibitions at the Julien Levy Gallery noted the unmistakable influence of the artists Joan Miró and Paul Klee.