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Exhibit Focuses on the Avant-Garde in Postwar America

Andrews, Benny (American, 1930-2006) Chasty, 1961 Mixed media on canvas 18 ¼ x 24 in. Hofstra University Museum of Art, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Tucker, HU85.2

Postwar American artists who moved away from traditional concepts and embraced the avant-garde are featured in a new Hofstra University Museum of Art exhibition, Pushing Boundaries: American Art After World War II. Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Stanley Twardowicz, and Andy Warhol are among the artists featured in the exhibition. A selection of paintings by artist, poet and Holocaust survivor Yonia Fain is also a highlight. Pushing Boundaries will be on display at Emily Lowe Gallery on Hofstra University’s South Campus through August 16, 2019.

The public is invited to a free opening reception on Thursday, February 7, 4-6 p.m. Special remarks will be presented by Dr. Martha Hollander, Hofstra art history professor, author and poet.

Fain, Yonia (1913-2013) The Throne, no date Oil on Masonite 54.25 x 48 in. Hofstra University Museum of Art, gift of the artist, HU2012.21

The works in this exhibition, curated by Museum deputy director Karen T. Albert, exemplify how critical and popular attention were given to non-objective and abstract works of art. Artists of this era worked in a diversity of styles and ideological movements. Representational art, often depicting current social and political issues, were simply not receiving the same notice as purely abstract works of art.

Nancy Richner, director of the Hofstra University Museum of Art, said, “This exhibition of American art offers insight as to how the visual arts evolved after the Second World War and mirrored societal changes of the time. I hope the exhibition will compel visitors to embrace art in all its varieties, ambiguities, and complexities.”

Additional specialized programming planned in conjunction with the exhibition includes:

Twardowicz, Stanley (1917-2008) #5, 1957 Oil enamel on canvas 42 x 34 in. Hofstra University Museum of Art, gift of Lillian Dodson, HU2011.15

Musical Performance: Songs of Survival, Hope, and Humanity, Monday, March 11, 6:30-8 p.m.Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus

Enjoy the sounds of jazz vocalist and Hempstead native Tabreeca Woodside. She and her band will take you on a lyrical journey into “The Spirit of Jazz” as inspired by the artists in Pushing Boundaries: American Art After World War II. Fee: $10 general public; $5 senior citizen (65+).

International Slow Art Day • Saturday, April 6, noon-2 p.m.Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus

We invite you to join Museum educators for a slow “look” at several works on view and then gather for a lively discussion about them. Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: to help people discover the joy of looking at and loving art. Limited to 15 participants. A light lunch will be provided. Free admission.

Yonia Fain: Witness to History • Wednesday, May 1, 4:30-6 p.m.Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus

Join us for a poetry reading and special tribute to Yonia Fain, internationally acclaimed artist, poet, author, and Hofstra University associate professor emeritus, who passed away at the age of 100 in December 2013. Through imagery, both visual and written, Fain’s lifelong mission was to express powerful messages of survival and hope. Discussion to follow. Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day. Free admission.

For more information about the exhibit and associated public programs, call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum of Art website.

The Hofstra University Museum of Art has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 3% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum of Art operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

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