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Ben Shahn: If Not Now, When?
Ben Shahn: If Not Now, When?Sunday, April 9, 2017 to Sunday, August 27, 2017
This exhibit takes place in the Ground Level Arts Lab, a new 1,600-square-foot programmatic space for Jewish art, artists, and our community.
Admission is Free.
Lithuanian-born American artist Ben Shahn (1898-1969) was a committed activist and humanist. Using social realism to protest political attitudes of the time, his work reveals a passionate search for social justice and an engagement with questions about his spiritual and ethnic identity. He explored polemic themes of modern urban life, organized labor, immigration, and injustice.
Ben Shahn: If Not Now, When? includes one of the last projects on which Shahn worked before his death, a series of 24 lithographs illustrating a passage from the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Notebooks of Mate Laurids Brigge (1910).
All works in this exhibit are from the Spertus collection.