In this three-part series of gallery talks, the curators will lead visitors through the exhibition, each focusing on a different aspect of Ben Shahn’s art and its era.
Ben Shahn and Modern Media Wednesday, November 15, 6 pm
Jenna Webster, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography, Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, will consider how Shahn’s interest in popular imagery—including photography, newspapers, film, and comics—during the 1930s influenced his broader thinking and aesthetics.
Ben Shahn’s New York Wednesday, December 6, 6 pm
Laura Katzman, Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of Museum Studies, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, will focus on the New York neighborhoods where Shahn photographed during the 1930s, highlighting the ways he moved through the city with his small camera to document Manhattan’s diverse populations and to make studies for future work in other media.
Ben Shahn and the Public Use of Art Wednesday, January 24, 6 pm
Deborah Martin Kao, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, will place Shahn’s photographs documenting the Artists’ Union protests and New York prisons in the context of his involvement in the radical artists’ movement and contemporary debates about the social use of public art.