School of Art Design and Art History

Opening Reception - Ben Shahn Exhibition

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Ben Shahn announcement card



Opening Reception: Mon, Feb. 20th, 5:00 - 7:30 pm.
Opening Remarks delivered by President Jonathan Alger and Professor Laura Katzman, Guest Curator, 5:30 pm.

Exhibit Dates: Feb.21st- April 5th, M-F, 10AM-5PM

Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art, Duke Hall, 820 S. Main St.

Born into a Lithuanian-Jewish family, Ben Shahn (1898-1969) stands among the most prominent of the socially engaged artists of his generation. As a progressive activist, he devoted his life to fighting injustice and promoting the rights of marginalized and persecuted people.

This exhibition features paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs from the New Deal through the civil rights era that focus on issues of poverty, unemployment, war, labor unions, the nuclear arms race, civil liberties, and racial, ethnic, and class discrimination. In short, Shahn stimulated the social conscience of a wide-ranging audience with art that is still powerfully relevant today.

Guest Curator: Laura Katzman, Professor of Art History

PUBLIC PROGRAMS in Duke Hall Courtyard
February 28: Envisioning Change: Activism in Art, 6:30-8:30 pm
March 21: Civil Rights, Human Rights, & Social Justice, 5:00-7:30 pm
March 28: Film screening: Free Angela Davis, 5:00-7:30 pm
April 3: Art in the Atomic Age, 5:00 -7:30 pm

Drawing on the Left is funded by grants from the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Cultural Connections Program; the Encore Series; and Mr. Michael Berg. Public programs are sponsored by the School of Art, Design and Art History, the Madison Art Collection, the Office of Faculty Access and Inclusion, University Programs, the General Education Program, the Civic Engagement Steering Committee, JMuse Café, the Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, the Justice Studies and History Departments, and the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace.


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