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An Exhibition of Work by Lauren Schwartz

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present an exhibition of new painted portraits of female role models by senior Lauren Schwartz. The work will be on exhibit March 10 through 14 with a reception on March 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Schwartz’s exhibition will feature two bodies of work. One is a series of portraits of women who have had an influence on the artist’s thinking, some of well-known individuals, some of whom she knows personally such as her mother. The large scale paintings are based on photographs and painted in acrylics on canvas with metal leafing.  For Schwartz these women represent strong personal role models, including Hannah Arendt and Angela Merkel. Merkel is a prominent figure for Schwartz who is majoring in German and is writing her senior thesis on contemporary German politics, analyzing the language and poetics of the German constitution. She previously completed a similar series of portraits of Tina Fey.

The other body of work in her exhibition will feature garments Schwartz has constructed of painted canvases. Recycling both her own paintings and those of others she is given or finds in the trash, she removes the canvases from the stretchers and designs and sews blazers. The resulting garments are both wearable and objects of art, with an armor-like quality that considers the implications of contemporary “power wardrobes.”

The Lucas Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.


Link to Photo:
Photo caption:  Lauren Schwartz’s portrait of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of a series of portraits and garments made from recycled canvases in her exhibition at the Lewis Center.
Photo credit:  Photo by Lauren Schwartz

Event Information

Opening reception:
Thursday, March 13
7:00 p.m.

Exhibit runs:
March 10 - 14, 2014

10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lucas Gallery
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton University

Free and open to the public




Photos courtesy Lauren Schwartz

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