David Lubin to present ‘Whitney at War: Healing, Death, and Memory in the WWI Sculptures’ at Newport Art Museum’s Art After Dark

Photo courtesy of David Lubin.

Newport Art Museum’s Art After Dark is back on Thursday, July 11 from 5 – 8 pm. Each Art After Dark has unique programming for the whole family. This event joins the ranks of the many events and educational programs the Museum currently offers in its galleries at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Art After Dark is supported by BankNewport, Matouk and Narragansett Brewery as well as donations to the Museum’s Annual Fund.

David Lubin, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University

Best known today as a pioneer collector of modern painting and sculpture who founded the Whitney Museum of American Art, during her lifetime Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942) was better known as a sculptor. She was trained in Paris and won prestigious commissions for her work. At the start of the First World War, she voyaged to France to establish a field hospital at the front, where she nursed dying and convalescent soldiers. On her return to the States, Whitney began a series of bronze figural sculptures that, under the collective title Impressions of War, depicted the military and medical scenes she had witnessed herself or heard about from patients. Join us to explore Whitney’s remarkable life and career with David Lubin, art historian and author of Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War.

Art After Dark is from 5 – 8 pm, and the lecture will begin at 6 pm, followed by a book sale and signing with the author. Admission to Art After Dark is free for Members, and a suggested $10 donation for non-Members. Tickets to the lecture are $15 ($10 for Museum members), and are available at newportartmuseum.org. Cash bar and light refreshments will be available.

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