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Dr. Philip Eliasoph Presents Dehn Gallery Talk, Feb. 16

Philip Eliasoph, PhD, professor of art history, will present a lecture entitled All the Beauty and the Mystery in the World: F. Scott Fitzgerald and George Gershwin Interpret Adolf Dehn's Manhattan on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries.

The gallery talk is free but registration is required. Please register here.

During his gallery talk, Dr. Eliasoph plans to walk through the remarkable life and times of artist Adolf Dehn. A sensualist and satirist,  Dehn was a country boy let loose among flappers, Lindy-hopping jazz musicians, John Reed Club activists, and Madison Avenue commercialism. Mindful of Dehn's native origins from the American heartland, Dr. Eliasoph's talk will contextualize Dehn's artistic progress which parallels the biographies of fellow Minnesotans -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and Charles Lindbergh. Dehn's astonishing early success and international reputation in Europe as an ex-Pat during 'Le Crazy Years' of the 1920s, was re-calibrated upon his return to Manhattan on the eve of the Great Depression.  Dr. Eliasoph will trace Dehn's rise and fall and resurgence as his art intersects with the rise of Manhattan's Machine Age skyline, the Harlem Renaissance, the Red Scare and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and the dignified manner this senior American Realist faced the radical shift to avant-gardism in the post WWII era.‌

The gallery talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Adolf Dehn: Midcentury Manhattan which explores the Manhattan subjects of National Academician Adolf Dehn (1895-1968). Visiting, and then living in New York City, Dehn captured the essence of the city in his paintings, prints and drawings of the landscapes of Central Park and of the city’s burlesque and night club scenes. While best known as a lithographer and one of the founding members of the American Artists Group, Dehn played a significant role in America’s contemporary realist movement starting in the 1930s. He was included in every Whitney Museum of American Art "Annual" and "Biennial" invitational exhibition from the first biennial in 1932 into the early 1960's, and still holds the record for being in more of these prestigious shows than any other artist. His work is in the permanent collections of more than 80 museums.

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Last modified:  Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:49:00 EST


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