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Conversation with artist David Levinthal

David Levinthal, Untitled, from the series American Beauties, 1990, Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor. © 1990, David Levinthal

Here is a great event put on by our friends at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Conversation with artist David Levinthal

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019, 6 – 7PM EDT

Join us for a conversation with artist David Levinthal and exhibition curator Joanna Marsh as  we celebrate the opening of American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs. Levinthal discusses his work, process, and the role that photography plays in the construction of collective memory. Through his photos, Levinthal reexamines familiar American subjects and the myths surrounding them.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

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David Levinthal. Photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

This event kicks off the exhibition

American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs

JUNE 7, 2019 — OCTOBER 14, 2019

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)

Populated with toy cowboys and cavalry, Barbie dolls and baseball players, David Levinthal’s photographs reference iconic images and events that shaped postwar American society. Despite their playful veneer, Levinthal’s images provide a lens through which to examine the myths and stereotypes lurking within our most beloved pastimes and enduring heroes. In doing so, Levinthal encourages us to consider the stories we tell about ourselves—what it means to be strong, beautiful, masculine, feminine, and ultimately, American.

American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs brings together six of the artist’s best-known bodies of work to explore some myths found in American popular culture and their place in our collective memory. Created between 1984 and 2018, the series Modern Romance, American Beauties, Wild West, Barbie, Baseball, and History all explore quintessentially American themes and imagery. The exhibition includes more than 70 color photographs drawn from two recent gifts to SAAM. The exhibition is organized by Joanna Marsh, SAAM’s Deputy Education Chair, Head of Interpretation and Audience Research.


June 7, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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