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Pablo Picasso, President Bill Clinton, Woody Allen and Jonas Salk Among 20th Century Personalities Featured in Exhibition

Hofstra University Museum Presents

                                “Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture”

Arnold Newman, John F. Kennedy print
John F. Kennedy, United States Senator, Washington, D.C., 1953 Silver Gelatin Print 20 x 16 in. © Arnold Newman

 The exhibition Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture, on view from Tuesday, September 3-December 13, 2013 at the Hofstra University Museum’s Emily Lowe Gallery, features photographic portraiture by American artist Arnold Newman. This show is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

Recognized as the “Father of Environmental Portraiture,” where the background is an integral part of the photographic image, Newman was influenced by the school of modernism, and felt his work “reflects me, my fascination with people, the physical world around us, and the exciting medium in which I work.”  Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture includes photographic portraits of innovators of art, comedy, literature, music, politics and science, such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Leonard Bernstein, Woody Allen, Jonas Salk, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt and Bill Clinton. 

Beth E. Levinthal, Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum states, “the iconic images captured by Arnold Newman provide an insider’s view into the power players that defined much of the 20th century.  We thank Astoria Federal Savings for their support of this dynamic exhibition.”

Arnold Newman, Woody Allen
Woody Allen, New York, New York, 1996; Silver Gelatin Print; 20 x 16 in.; © Arnold Newman

An illustrated checklist, Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture accompanies the exhibit. Supplemental materials including information about the artist, his work, as well as biographies of each of the portrait subjects which will be available on a touch screen kiosk in the gallery. A brochure for guided viewing also will be available to visitors to enhance their experience within the exhibition. A self-guided “Art Caper” takes children and families on a search for clues hidden in the photographic portraits in order to complete a special message.

The exhibition’s curator, Hava Gurevich, of art2art Circulating Exhibitions, will offer a gallery talk at the exhibition’s opening reception on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Emily Lowe Gallery.

For more information on this exhibit and other public programs please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University website at  Please note:  New hours for the Emily Lowe Gallery are Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The Museum is closed during Thanksgiving recess Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2013.

Top image:  Igor Stravinsky, New York, New York, 1946, Silver Gelatin Print, 20 x 16 in., © Arnold Newman

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