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Advocacy, Revelation, Transcendence – Jacob Landau
Opening Reception: Thurs. April 11 | 6 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Wed. April 17 | 5 p.m. by Dr. David Herrstrom, President of the Jacob Landau Institute
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Docent tours are available.
The exhibition features a selection of 32 pieces from Monmouth University’s extensive collection of Jacob Landau’s work, which is comprised of over 300 prints, drawings, and paintings. The collection was gifted to Monmouth University in 2008 by the Jacob Landau Institute of Roosevelt, NJ.
Born in Philadelphia in 1917, Jacob Landau launched his career as an illustrator, winning national prizes at age 16 and a scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art. He had over sixty one-person shows and was the recipient of many awards, including Tiffany, Guggenheim and National Arts Council grants. Many of his works are featured in permanent collections in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. A master teacher, he retired as professor emeritus at New York’s Pratt Institute. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by Monmouth University.
Landau, who died in 2001, won praise for his “humanist” approach to art, which explored the basic themes of human existence and morality, according to Institute president David Herrstrom. Having lived through the Great Depression, Landau faced tough times and human cruelty, influences that can be seen throughout his works. Herrstrom explains that “As a humanist, Landau was committed to the belief that art must do more than entertain or please. Creating inner conflict, art can precipitate a small crisis of perception or conscience in us and contribute to human growth.”
Dates/Times docents will be in the gallery to give guided tours:
Fri. April 12 | 4 pm – 8 pm
Sat. April 13 | 6 pm – 8 pm
Sun. April 14 | 11 am – 2 pm
Mon. April 15 | 12 pm – 2 pm
Tues. April 16 | 11 am – 12 pm
Wed. April 17 | 11 am – 2 pm
Thurs. April 18 | 4:30 pm – 8 pm
Fri. April 19 | 11 am – 1 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm
Mon. April 22 | 12 pm – 2pm
Tues. April 23 | 11 am – 4 pm
Wed. April 24 | 11am – 3 pm