I. Rice Pereira, American, 1907 - 1971, died in Spain
oil on canvas
Gift of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
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Estate of Irene Rice Pereira
North Wing, Second Floor, American
Among the founders and early members of the American Abstract Artists were a number of talented women. Irene Rice Pereira, along with Esphyr Slobodkina, Alice Trumbull Mason, Rosalind Bengelsdorf, Gertrude Greene, and Susie Frelinghuysen, helped promote avant-garde art in the United States. The fact that Pereira signed her work as "I. Rice Pereira," may have been a canny strategy in the male-dominated art world. In 1935, she was one of the co-founders of the Design Laboratory, an experimental school of industrial design aimed at bringing the theories of the famed German modernist group, the Bauhaus, to America.