Harvard University Art Museums

Cambridge, MA




The Shape of Content: The Stephen Lee Taller Ben Shahn Archive at Harvard

November 27, 1999 through March 26, 2000


This exhibition at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, features examples of Ben Shahn 's (1898-1969) prints, drawings, and related ephemera culled from the extensive collection of the late Stephen Lee Taller, now located at the Fogg Art Museum and Fine Arts Library, Harvard University. A figure of significant importance to the history of twentieth-century American art, Shahn was heralded in his day for his prowess as a draftsman and print maker. The prints, drawings, photographs, posters, and graphic designs in this exhibition span the artist's career, and illustrate the diversity and evolution of his vision from the social realism that dominated his work in the thirties to the more abstract and allegorical imagery that characterized his post-war production.

This exhibition also attests to the integral relationship between Shahn's art making and his life-long commitment to political activism.

Co-Curators are Marjorie B. Cohn, Carl A. Weyerhauser Curator of Prints, Deborah Martin Kao. Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Miriam Stewart, assistant curator, Drawings Department.

Also see our companion article: Ben Shahn's New York: The Photography of Modern Times (12/29/99)

Text and images courtesy of Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, © Copyright 1999 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College

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