Alone Together: People in American Prints

Benton Spruance: Homing Instinct, 1929
Feb 10, 2007 - Jul 29, 2007
Eisenberg Gallery

Each person navigates the world alone, yet co-exists with others. In daily life, individuals interact together as part of a couple, family, cluster of friends, schoolmates, co-workers, or larger community groups, while strangers crowd together, for example, at rallies or as masses of urban commuters. Many modern and contemporary American artists, who have made the human figure central to their art, have represented children, women, and men in various domestic or community contexts to reflect aspects of society.

This exhibition juxtaposes individualized portrayals with prints depicting people in various types of social groups. Selected from the Zimmerli Art Museum’s extensive graphic arts collection and the recent major American prints gift from Dr. and Mrs. David Eisenberg, the exhibition highlights works by Peggy Bacon, Will Barnet, Martin Lewis, Alice Neel, John Sloan, Raphael Soyer, and many others. Contemporary prints by Emma Amos, Philip Pearlstein, Faith Ringgold, and others from the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios complete this survey of American printmaking from the early 1900s to now.

Benton Spruance

Homing Instinct, 1929

Lithograph

Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

Gift of David and Ruth Eisenberg