At 101 years-old, my father, William Pachner, is a very busy man. Interest in his work remains high in New York and I thought I would take a minute to update you on a couple of recent exhibitions that have featured his work.
At present, his work is included in a special exhibit, “Byrdcliffe’s Legacy: Handmade in the 20th Century (An Ode to Nature & Place)” at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts (36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY). This exhibit will be on display from August 20-October 9, 2016.
Established in 1902, the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony was an important force the Arts and Crafts Movement in America. The Colony supported self-sufficiency, fulfillment in work, and the preservation of local crafts. The work in this exhibit illustrates the fine art and design accomplishments by selected artists and artisans who lived and worked in the Hudson Valley between 1903 and 1999. As makers of paintings, prints, photographs, weavings, ceramics, furniture, metal, jewelry and decorative art, the artists in this show produced work aligned with Byrdcliffe’s original pursuit of inspiration from nature and commitment to raising awareness of innovative, high-quality handcrafted work. In addition to William Pachner’s paintings, this exhibit also includes work by such renowned artists as Philip Guston, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Milton Glaser, George Bellows, Mary Frank, Doris Lee, Judy Pfaf, Carl Walters, George Ault, Robert Chanler, William Hunt Diedrich, and Robert Ebendorf.
This spring, my father was honored at the opening of an exhibit, “The Roosevelt Collection,” at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. His illustration of President Roosevelt, which appeared on the cover of Collier’s magazine on January 27, 1945, was prominently featured at this show. On the invitation of the director of the FDR library Paul Sparrow and Laura Roosevelt, the granddaughter of FDR, he returned to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum this summer for its 75th anniversary celebration.