Gershon Benjamin (1899-1985): Modern Master
April 27 – August 7, 2015
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
In the 1920s, the Romanian-born, Montreal-educated Gershon Benjamin arrived in New York City, and was soon befriended by a group of progressive artists who favored European modernism to the popular American Scene and Regionalist art of the day. Milton Avery was a member of this group, and he and Benjamin became close and life-long friends. Their circle included Rothko, Gottlieb, Gorky, Sloan and the Soyer brothers, among others. Exhibiting together, they were labeled "expressionists" and praised for their individualistic style and use of color. The Rincliffe Gallery show will feature more than 60 works by the artist – portraits, still lifes, landscapes and city scenes – in oil and watercolor, representing all periods of Benjamin’s prolific seven-decade career.
It is not a coincidence that the Gershon Benjamin exhibition is being hosted by The Drexel Collection. Alumna Joan Facey ’58, of the College of Engineering, found The Drexel Collection to be a source of rejuvenation and would often take short respites in the Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery to recover from the burdens of a rigorous course load and immerse herself in the beauty of the artwork. Now chair of the Gershon Benjamin Foundation, this Drexel alumna saw an opportunity to share the exhilarating work of this important twentieth-century American Modernist painter in a similar Drexel University venue where it can be enjoyed by the community and, most pointedly, by the students. She hopes the work will soothe, renew and inspire them as they pursue their education and launch their careers.
The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from April 27th through August 7th.The Rincliffe Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gallery is free and open to the public.
Awareness: Larry Clark's Tulsa Photo Series
August 28 – November 13, 2015
Larry Clark (b. 1943) is an American photographer, film director and writer. From 1963–1971, using photography, Clark documented his life and the lives of his friends and their drug use. The culmination of this series of photographs was a book, Tulsa, published in 1971, that shed light on the reality of drug use in suburban America.
Toys, Trinkets and Trifles: Toys and Miniatures from The Drexel Collection
December 4, 2015 – February 15, 2016
The nostalgia for childhood playthings is especially strong around the holidays. Relive your childhood and learn of the games of the past with this exhibition displaying the extensive collection of miniatures, toys and games from The Drexel Collection.