Ben Shahn and The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti

August 30, 2012 – May 13, 2013

The Gallery of American Art

Ben Shahn and The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti highlights the history of one of the most recognizable pieces of artwork on campus, installed along the east wall of Huntington-Beard-Crouse.  The mosaic mural The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, part of the Campus Art Program, was recently restored in 2011.  This exhibition is a celebration of the artwork itself, its restoration, and its significance to the Art Collection.  In addition to a selection of Shahn works from the permanent collection, the exhibition will present a reproduction of the mural illustrating a didactic timeline that explains the accusation and trial of the Italian- American immigrants, the history of Shahn’s development of the mural, and the restorations that have taken place over its more than 45-year history.

Also featured is a 16mm film made in 1967, documenting the mural’s installation and dedication.  It contains a unique interview with Shahn, and has additional footage and interviews with the conservation team who cleaned and restored the mosaic in 2011.


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