The free exhibit Insider/Outsider, on show Nov. 1-Dec. 15 at Lebanon Valley College, spans the ongoing development of social realism, which established itself as a strong current in American visual art beginning with the Ashcan School in the first decade of the 20th century. A shock to many early viewers, social realist art ignored academic traditions and center-staged subjects culled from the working class, the underclass, immigrant enclaves and the destitute, and it achieved its aims without idealization or sentimental gloss. Insider/Outsider follows this current into the 21st century with paintings, prints, and photographs of contemporary visions of looking at the overlooked to further social activism.
Gallery hours are Wednesday, 5-8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 1-4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment for groups. Contact the gallery at 717-867-6445 or email@example.com to arrange a private gallery talk for your school or organization.
Image: Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), “Night Shadows,” 1921, etching on wove Van Gelder Zonen paper, 6 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, Dr. Sandford B. Sternlieb (Class of 1946) and Esther Sternlieb Collection of American Art.