Crossroads of Rockland History: Mary Mowbray-Clarke

2020-06 Crossroads Mary Mowbray-Clarke

Mary Mowbray-Clarke
This program originally aired on June 15, 2020. To listen, click here.

The June 2020 episode of   "Crossroads of Rockland History," explored the life and work of Mary Mowbray-Clarke.  As a young woman, Nyack’s Mary Mowbray-Clarke (nee Horgan) met and mingled with some of the most influential artists and intellectuals of the day.  Later, as co-owner of the Sunwise Turn Bookshop, a hotbed of artistic activity and anarchist political thought in New York City during the 1910s and '20s, she convinced many of her friends and colleagues to move to Rockland County, resulting in an artist colony like no other. She would eventually make her mark as an art critic, writer, publisher, and then architect of New City’s Dutch Garden.

Justin Duerr, who is researching the fascinating life of Mary Mowbray-Clarke, joined Clare Sheridan to share some of what he has uncovered about this unique Rockland County woman.

About Justin Duerr: Justin Duerr is a self-taught artist, musician, and art-history researcher whose artwork has been featured in gallery and museum exhibits across the country. He has also toured as a musician throughout most of the continental United States. His research work can be seen in the documentary film Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, which won the award for best director at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and has had a wide release in art-house theaters and on online streaming platforms. His first book, The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Works and Worlds of Herbert Crowley, was published by Beehive Books. Justin is currently researching and writing a biography/art book centered on the multifaceted artist and counter-culture maven Mary Mowbray-Clarke.


Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Steve and Jeff morning show, on WRCR radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. During 2020, our focus is Women’s History in celebration of the Suffrage Centennial.    

The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.  www.RocklandHistory.org


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