David Smith: Medals For Dishonor At The Boston University Art Gallery
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(Boston, Mass.) — Medals for Dishonor, a series of fifteen cast bronze medals by renowned sculptor David Smith, will be shown at the Boston University Art Gallery beginning Friday, January 15, 1999 and continuing through Sunday, February 28. The medals depict the devastation of war, ignorance, prejudice, poverty, illness, and environmental destruction. Created during the rise of fascism in Europe in the years leading up to World War II, these medallions are perhaps the least-known major body of Smith’s work.
When first shown in 1940, William Blake (author of “The Painter and the Lady”) compared the medals to the “complex and richly allusive imagery of Bosch, Breughel, and Goya.” More than forty years later The Partisan Review called them as “At once reminiscent of Mesopotamian and Cretan seal stones and of Picasso, at once period pieces and oddly current.”
This powerful exhibition includes the complete set of 15 medals, preparatory sketches, drawings, paintings, and archival documents.
What: David Smith: Medals for Dishonor
Where: Boston University Art Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
When: Friday, January 15- Sunday, February 28
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 1 – 5 p.m.
Lecture & Opening Friday, January 15
Reception: Lecture by Dore Ashton,author and art historian,
5 p.m., Concert Hall, adjacent to the Art Gallery Reception, 6 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, February 2 Film Screening and Discussion: Medals for Dishonor,produced by Independent Curators, Inc. and David Smith, American Sculptor, 1906-1965, produced by the National Gallery of Art. Patricia Hills, professor of art history and Harold Tovish, sculpture professor emeritus, discuss David Smith and his sculpture.1 p.m., Room 104, adjacent to the Art Gallery
Tuesday, February 9 Gallery Talk by Karen E. Haas, gallery curator 1 p.m., in the Art Gallery
Exhibition and all Gallery events are free and open to the public
For information call 617/353-3329.
David Smith: Medals for Dishonor is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, a national non-profit traveling exhibition service specializing in contemporary art. Guest curators for the exhibition are Peter Stevens and Mathew Marks. The exhibition, tour, and catalog are made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc., the Jerome L. Stern Family Foundation, Inc., the Foundation To-Life, Inc., and the Harriet Ames Charitable Trust.