LEC: “An Immigrant’s View: Ben Shahn Paints America”

“An Immigrant’s View: Ben Shahn Paints America” with Diana Linden, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 10 at 6 pm EST

Free; Registration required


Join us virtually for a discussion with Diana Linden, Ph.D. as she explores the life and art of Ben Shahn (1898-1969). Born in Lithuania, Shahn immigrated to New York with his family at six years old. He apprenticed with a lithographer at a young age and studied for a short time at the National Academy of Design as well as the Art Students League. Shahn’s career took off beginning in the 1930s, which is the decade Linden’s conversation centers on. The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Registration is required.

Dr. Diana L. Linden is the author of Ben Shahn’s New Deal Murals: Jewish Identity in the American Scene (2015) along with many other works on Shahn, New York City Jewish artists, and New Deal Art. In 2019, she won the Frost Essay Award for best article in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s journalAmerican Art. She has also previously written on the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation for The Magazine Antiques

In celebration of the centennial of Chaim Gross’s immigration to the United States, the Foundation is focusing our 2021 programming on illuminating the stories of artists and immigrants in the collection. Our winter and spring programming is centered around Eastern European emigrants.

Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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