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The Expressive Voice

Brought to Light

Hyman Bloom, Skeleton in Red Dress, c. 1942-45

Hyman Bloom, Skeleton in Red Dress (detail), c. 1942-45, Oil on canvas, Gift of Drs. Francene and G. Timothy Orrok

September 7–November 9, 2014

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Sunday, September 7
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Activities for all ages \ 2–4pm
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Saturday, September 13 \ 6–8pm

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Book Signing and Talk with Jean Gibran

Sunday, November 2 \ 4pm

Join author Jean Gibran for a candid conversation about her new memoir Love Made Visible: Scenes from a Mostly Happy Marriage. Retracing the course of her fifty-year marriage to Boston Expressionist artist Kahlil Gibran, cousin of the noted poet Gibran Kahlil Gibran, she reflects on the trials and joys of defying conventions of the 1950s, embracing another culture, raising a child in the household of a driven artist, and enabling her husband’s passion for sculpture and craft. Three works by Kahlil Gibran are included in Danforth Art’s exhibition The Expressive Voice: Brought to Light, on view through November 9, 2014. This book signing and talk is free for Danforth Art members, and with museum admission.

Discussion with Gabriel Polonsky

Sunday, November 9 \ 1pm

Join Emmy-nominated director Gabriel Polonsky for a discussion of his forthcoming Release from Reason, a documentary film, currently in production, on the life, times and work of his father, the renowned Boston Expressionist painter Arthur Polonsky. Filled with breathtaking art, interviews with members of Boston’s art community, and revealing, intimate footage, the film follows a son’s journey to understand his father’s life devoted to art for over 75 years. Danforth Art’s exhibition The Expressive Voice: Brought to Light, on view until November 9, 2014, features Arthur Polonsky’s The Landing. This talk will feature samples of film footage, and is free for Danforth Art members, and with museum admission.


About the Exhibition

Danforth Art has become recognized for its commitment to Boston Expressionism, a school that em;braced a distinctive blend of visionary painting, dark humor, religious mysticism, and social commentary. Historical roots of this movement can be traced to European Symbolism and German Expressionism, and many artists living and working in the Boston area in the latter half of the twentieth century studied under the direction of Karl Zerbe at the Museum School. These artists explored human emotion and spirituality with color and imagination, pushing paint across the surface of the canvas in a way that influenced Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, and were important to the development of Abstract Expressionism.

The Expressive Voice: Brought to Light is a reinstallation of our permanent collection showcasing select works from Danforth Art’s collection of Boston Expressionism from the 1930s to today. Works on view highlight the mystical and spiritual aspects of the movement—the otherworldly that is “brought to light” on the canvas. Included in the exhibition are works by founding members of the movement—prominent Boston artists Karl Zerbe, Jack Levine, and Hyman Bloom—as well as like-minded artists representing later generations of the movement. Highlights include Hyman Bloom’s ethereal Séance II, Karl Zerbe’s imagined portrait Under the Chandelier, and Jason Berger’s gory Quincy Market.

Also “brought to light” this season are select recent acquisitions, exhibited as part of our Permanent Collection for the first time. Several of these works highlight recent exhibitions and represent important additions to the Permanent Collection that we are eager to share with our visitors.

To learn more about Boston Expressionism and to view additional pieces in our Permanent Collection, please visit our Online Gallery.

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