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From Ukraine to New Jersey: Louis Lozowick's Prints of American Life
January 20 - February 25, 2016
Mon.-Thurs., 11am-4pm
Beginning January 20, 2016, the Pierro Gallery of South Orange will exhibit From Ukraine to New Jersey: Louis Lozowick’s Prints of American Life in partnership with Seton Hall University. The exhibition at the Pierro Gallery explores the favorite subjects of Louis Lozowick (b. 1892 in Russia, d. 1973 in South Orange, NJ), an influential printmaker who lived much of his adult life in South Orange. Visitors will have the chance to see these prints that are not normally on public display, which are from various New Jersey private collectors as well as New Jersey and New York museums and cultural institutions. The exhibition displays over 40 prints from all stages of the artist’s career (1920s-1973). The prints Lozowick produced during the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression depict subjects still relevant today. Among these include urbanism and industry, race and immigration, and work and unemployment. His later works include scenes from his travels in the United States and around the world. Visitors may recognize many sights seen in his artwork; Lozowick’s prints portray places in New Jersey, New York City, and other scenes throughout the world. The show is curated by Taylor Curtis and Dr. Petra Chu in connection with the Seton Hall Graduate Program in Museum Professions. The exhibition runs from January 20 to February 25, 2016. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, January 20th, at 7 p.m. in the Pierro Gallery.


Exhibition Programs
In connection with the show, the Pierro Gallery has arranged several informative programs that are free and open to the public.

·    Curator Taylor Curtis will lead an exhibition tour on February 11th in the Pierro Gallery at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

·    Guest speaker Helen Langa of American University will give a lecture “From Socialist Modernism to Social Viewpoint Art: Louis Lozowick’s Aesthetic and Political Idealism” that will connect Lozowick’s early prints to the social and economic environment in which he lived. The lecture will take place on January 28, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Beck Room at Seton Hall University.

·    The Zimmerli Museum will host a session to show their Lozowick collection at the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts. Details on this session can be found on the exhibition’s website found below.

·    The website features the exhibition catalogue, which includes writings from local professors and historians.


Visit "http://www.fromukrainetonewjersey.weebly.com" for more information.



Lozowick Biography

Louis Lozowick was born in the Russian Empire in Ukraine in 1891. He studied at Kiev Art Institute in Russia until joining his brother in the United States at 15 years old. Lozowick lived in New Jersey, supporting himself by working various jobs and attending Barringer High School in Newark. He attended the National Academy of Design in New York until leaving for Ohio State University. He completed his art degree at OSU as a Phi Beta Kappa in three years, and then volunteered in the Medical Corps in South Carolina for one year. Lozowick traveled cross country in 1919 and, in the same year, was granted U.S citizenship.

 In 1922, after visiting Paris then moving to Berlin, Lozowick began to paint professionally and was exhibited soon after in Germany. Lozowick made his first lithographs in 1923, Cleveland and Chicago. After moving back to the United States in 1924, he lectured on modern Russian art at the Société Anonyme, continued to produce lithographs, and continued to be exhibited in one-man shows in Europe. Lozowick was employed by the Works Progress Administration to paint two large murals in the New York Post Office. In 1945, after being exhibited at major museums and galleries in New York City including the Weyhe Gallery, the MoMA, the Zabriskie Gallery, and the Whitney, he moved to South Orange, New Jersey. His wife, Adele Lozowick, owned a framing shop on South Orange Avenue while Lozowick traveled the globe. In 1973, Seton Hall University exhibited a one-man show that included photographs and interviews of Lozowick. Lozowick unexpectedly died a month before the exhibition opened in 1973.

Lozowick is best known for his lithographs, of which he produced over 300, which portray local scenes of Hoboken, Newark, South Orange, and New York. He also produced drawings, paintings, woodcuts, and writings about art theory and criticism. Louis Lozowick is considered influential in the Constructivist, Art Deco, and Precisionist movements and associated with Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles DeMuth, Charles Sheeler, and Elsie Driggs. His work reflects the urbanization and architecture of the United States, the connection between humans and machines, and the political and social injustice of his time, but he never let these themes overshadow the aesthetics of his work. The MET, MoMA, Smithsonian Institute, and the Whitney have Louis Lozowick prints in their collection, as well as other museums and galleries around the world.
   
“Because Lozowick spent 30 years in South Orange, a significant chunk of his career, and did many scenes of New Jersey and New York, this exhibition promotes local artistic heritage,” says Taylor Curtis, Seton Hall graduate student in Museum Professions, who is curating the show. Sandy Martiny, director of the Pierro Gallery, and Dr. Petra Chu, a professor at Seton Hall University, complete the exhibition team.

The exhibition runs through February 25, 2016. Visit "http://www.fromukrainetonewjersey.weebly.com” for more information.
   
The Pierro Gallery:
5 Mead Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
973.378.7754

Monday-Thursdays 11-4
Saturdays 11-3

Contact:
Sandy Martiny, Gallery Director
973.378.7754
pierrogallery@southorange.org


The Pierro Gallery is a non-profit, non-commercial, and user friendly exhibition space. It is part of the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. The gallery’s mission is to offer experience and exposure to visual artist and to our communities through an array of gallery functions. Goals include exhibiting diverse works of art, fostering community involvement with art, serving as a vital force in the arts community, creating and conducting educational programs, and providing resources for artists.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Pierro Gallery and Seton Hall University, as well as the exhibition team, would like to thank the New Jersey Council of Humanities for their generous support of this exhibition.

THE PIERRO GALLERY is located in the Baird Center, 5 Mead St., South Orange, NJ. For additional information please call the gallery directly at (973) 378.7754 Ext. 3. Gallery Hours are by appointment as well as Wednesday and Thursday, 2-7pm; Friday, 2pm-5pm and Saturdays 1-4pm.


 

 

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