Discover the once overlooked American artist Isabel Bishop (1902–1988), who became enraptured with the career women of New York City in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. These “new women” carved out roles in the workforce as clerks, stenographers, bank tellers, and office workers, determined to meet the financial challenges of the Great Depression. Bishop made a career capturing their gestures, gazes, and intimate conversations during the fleeting moments of their lunch hour. Though considered a pioneer in multiple-figure compositions and depictions of the new urban working woman, Bishop remained obscure until the rebirth of the feminist movement.
Julia Courtney, guest curator of “Isabel Bishop's Working Women: Defying Convention” and curator of art emeritus, Springfield Art Museums; collections curator, The Art Complex Museum (Duxbury, Massachusetts)