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Strangely Familiar: American Magic Realist Painting, 1940-65

  • 6 Nov 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Scarab Club

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Strangely Familiar: American Magic Realist Painting, 1940-65

Speaker: Mark Cole
Curator of American Painting and Sculpture (until 1960), Cleveland Museum of Art

Chair for the evening is: Susan and Craig Larson

By reviving painstaking old master techniques and taking cues from recent developments in European art, the magic realists created meticulously precise images in which mundane scenarios appear extraordinary, uncanny, or downright unsettling.  Ultimately, these psychologically charged works chronicled a wide range of personal and social concerns during the Second World War and its Cold War aftermath. This evening’s lecture introduces this fascinating yet under-appreciated movement, one that has been overshadowed by the critical dominance of abstract painting during the period.

The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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