An exhibition of work by American Realist painter Michael Lenson is now on display in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.
The exhibition, “Michael Lenson: Public and Private,” is located in the second-floor Paul W. Beltz Gallery of the Quick Center and will be open through March 17.
“Public and Private” refers to the large body of work that Lenson crafted over his lifetime, from 1903 until 1971. Many of his paintings were public, as he was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist and became one of the Federal Art Project’s most accomplished muralists. Working in New Jersey, he completed several murals, including the mural for the New Jersey Pavilion of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
One of the exhibition’s highlights is his public work “Disaster at the Pit.” Painted in 1938, it highlights the tragedies of a working coal mine. Other paintings in the exhibition are social commentary on the environment and the threat of nuclear war, and as an American Realist painter he even comments on the abstract art movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
The private part of the exhibition refers to Lenson’s portrayal of family and friends: their love, work, triumphs and tragedies.
The University’s Permanent Art Collection holds several works by Lenson, including several featured in this exhibition. “Three Generations” is a new gift to the university from the Lenson family.
A gallery talk will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Quick Center. The program will feature an interview by Joseph A. LoSchiavo, former director of the Quick Center, with Barry Lenson, the artist’s son. The event it is free and open to the public.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Visit The Quick Center online at www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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