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Judith Godwin and the New York School

Judith Godwin's Male Study, at left, and Franz Kline's Study for Shenandoah Wall on view at Sheldon in the 2017 exhibition Now's the Time.


Judith Godwin’s career was impacted by her affiliation with the New York School—an interdisciplinary movement of visual artists, writers, composers, musicians, dancers, and others who gathered in Lower Manhattan from the 1940s through the 1960s.

After moving from Virginia to New York in 1953, Godwin began a lifelong friendship with Martha Graham, one of the leading modern dancers and choreographers of the twentieth century. Graham’s innovative poses and distinctive use of costumes inspired Godwin, who stated, “I can see her gestures in everything I do.”


Judith Godwin
born Suffolk, VA 1930
Male Study
Oil on Masonite, 1954
67 1/2 × 48 inches
Sheldon Museum of Art, Sheldon Art Association, gift in memory of Wilma B. Fulk, S-1083.2017