In a twist on the parlor game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” a wry little show at the Smithsonian’s Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery uses artist’s letters, photos, sketchbooks and other material to underscore the interconnectedness of the art world.
One degree: John SloanEach display case in the exhibition takes, as a point of departure, the obscure American artist and illustrator Peggy Bacon (1895-1987). The show then follows a chain of artifacts linking Bacon to six other art-world figures. This 1939 photo shows painter John Sloan, a leading figure in the Ashcan School of realism, and one of Bacon's early art teachers. Archives of American Artof Archives of American Art