Serigraphy: The Rise of Screenprinting in America

September 5, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Start Time: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 12:00 AM
End Time: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Location: Voorhees Hall Incl Zimmerli Art Museum
Address: 71 Hamilton Street
Campus: College Avenue
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: Free
Sponsor: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Category: Art
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Contact Name: Theresa Watson
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Contact Phone: (848) 932-7237
Additional Information: During the 1930s, a group of artists employed by the Works Progress Administration began experimenting with the technique of screenprinting to produce works of art that would be accessible and affordable to the middle class. These works were called “serigraphs,” a term invented to distinguish this creative application of screenprinting from its traditional use for posters and commercial printing. This focused survey exhibition features prints by the original members of the WPA unit, including Anthony Velonis and Elizabeth Olds, as well as works by numerous other artists who rapidly took up this medium in the following decade. Encompassing portraits, still lifes, landscapes, city scenes, and abstract compositions, these prints showcase the diverse approaches of the artists and vividly demonstrate the remarkable flexibility of the medium, from mimicking the thick impasto of oil paintings to capturing the flowing lines of drawings or producing flat, crisp surfaces in eye-popping colors.

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Target Audience: Current Students,  Robeson Centennial Celebration,  Researchers,  Visitors,  Commuters,  Donors & Supporters,  Undergraduate Students,  Graduate Students,  Prospective Students,  Faculty,  Staff,  Alumni,  General Public,  Parents & Families