The Artists/Intellectuals of South Mountain Road: A Panel Discussion

The Artists/Intellectuals of South Mountain Road: A Panel Discussion

Start date

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 1:00pm

End date

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 3:00pm


Rockland Center for the Arts

27 S Greenbush Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
United States

In the 1910s, a group of prominent artists, designers, and writers became attracted to the environs of South Mountain Road in Rockland County.

Eventually, a growing assemblage of artists moved to the area. Among the first were sculptor Hugo Robus, ceramicist and painter Henry Varnum Poor, actor Rollo Peters, poet Amy Murray, playwright Maxwell Anderson, and writer Frank Ernest Hill. Then, photographer Marjorie Content, writer Harold Loeb, sculptor and painter Carroll French, textile artist Ruth Reeves, and the painters Morris Kantor and Martha Ryther joined them. 

Even more famous residents – composer Kurt Weill and his wife, actress Lotte Lenya, set designer Herman Rosse, cartoonists Milton Caniff and Bill Mauldin, lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, and ctors John Houseman and Burgess Meredith.

Moderator: Clare Bowes Sheridan – producer, writer, and host of “Crossroads of Rockland History”

Panelists: Richard Connolly – writer, editor, publisher, and producer; Justin Duerr – art-historical researcher; Jonathan O’Hea – independent American art and antiques dealer; Leontine Temsky – Vice President of the Historical Society of the Nyacks, New York; Mark Waller – curated/lent to exhibitions showcasing Rockland's artistic heritage, including The Armory Show at 100