The family and friends of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Rector Janet Broderick gathered in New York on Monday for the opening of an exhibit of paintings by Broderick’s late mother, Patricia, at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery on Fifth Avenue. The exhibition runs through Feb. 23.
Many of the paintings portray people and events of the artist’s life: self-portraits, her mother in the 1930s and later on her death bed, her daughter as a child, her teacher Rufino Tamayo in Mexico.
According to the gallery, “Broderick was an artist and writer who was raised on the Upper East Side but became at an early age a devotee of the village, where she lived on Washington Square Park for much of her life. She started painting in her teens under the tutelage of Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo and Vaclav Vytiacil, and later at the Art Student’s League. In the 1940s she made several extended trips to Mexico, where she attended Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, and later studied and lived for a year with Tamayo and his wife Olga.
“In addition to painting she started writing plays while attending the Neighborhood Playhouse, where she met and married the actor James Broderick. They settled in the Village and raised three children [Martha, Janet and Matthew] … She went on to write and direct several plays and eventually wrote for television, including adaptations of Intermezzo and Hitchcock’s Spellbound. Later she wrote the script for the film Infinity (1997), in which her son directed and starred. She also worked on the script of Glory (1989).
“Broderick’s work was exhibited over the years in several galleries in New York and across the country. Exhibitions include shows in 2009 and 2006 at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, a 2002 solo exhibition at Art Resources Transfer, and a two-person show in 2002 with John Wesley, her companion.” Broderick died in 2003.