American Dreams Exhibition Decorates Mason’s Galleries

Posted: August 23, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Amy Ingrid Schlegel of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and George Mason’s Center for the Arts (CFA) present the paintings, prints, and objects of Russian √©migr√© artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid in the exhibition Komar & Melamid’s American Dreams. The works, which are on display in the Mason Hall and Johnson Center Galleries from Aug. 27 through Nov. 9, explore the cult of personality surrounding George Washington, their “adopted father,” and present rarely seen depictions of the “father of our country.”

These sophisticated interpretations, in stunning, figurative paintings, juxtapose and draw parallels between Washington and other revolutionary leaders, including Vladimir Lenin. As new American citizens, Komar and Melamid also share items from their own collection of more than 200 engravings, souvenirs, postcards, children’s books, and illustrations of George Washington along with the large allegorical paintings and one large silkscreen inspired by objects in the collection.

A gallery talk will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Harris Theater. Receptions in both galleries will follow the talk from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, special accommodations, or press tours, call Kirby Malone at x38865.

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