Guest Speaker Dr. Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York on "Perle Fine and Lee Krasner: From the Hofmann School to Abstract Expressionism"
Friday, September 14, Larson Hall, 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Augustana College Art Museum
Support for this program is provided by the Augustana College Institute for Leadership and Service, the Augustana College Art Museum and the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts Endowment.
Dr. Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York, is the author of many impressive scholarly books on twentieth-century artists. In 2011, her book Lee Krasner: A Biography was published as a culmination of research on Krasner as a pioneering Abstract Expressionist painter. Krasner was an intimate friend of fellow abstract expressionist artist Perle Fine, whose works will be on display. Levin will speak on Perle Fine and Lee Krasner, identifying the context for Fine's work and her role in American culture, including the question of marginalization of Krasner and Fine as women artists.
Dr. Levin is known for her series of publications on the American realist painter Edward Hopper, including a catalogue raisonné and the 1995 definitive Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography. She completed her Ph.D in art history at Rutgers University. Among the honors she has received include the Award for Biography and Art History from the National Association of Women Artists, a Pollock-Krasner/Stony Brook Research Fellowship, the Rutgers University Award for Distinction in the Humanities and several Fulbright awards, as well as research awards from the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University, the Getty Research Institute, and multiple major awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1996, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Levin will be available for a book signing of Lee Krasner: A Biography at the art museum reception.