Art talk at the Farnsworth

Dec 01, 2017
©Pedro E. Guerrero Archives Pedro E. Guerrero’s “Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York, 1978” is on view at the Farnsworth Art Museum courtesy of Dixie Guerrero.

Rockland — On Thursday, Dec. 7, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a talk by Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky titled Unexpected Journeys: Louise Nevelson and Pedro Guerrero. The program will take place at 2 p.m. in the downtown museum’s auditorium.

The sculptor Louise Nevelson and photographer Pedro Guerrero both reached the peaks of their chosen professions, though their paths to success were anything but expected.  Both came from humble origins. Leah Berliawsky came as a young girl with her family from the present-day Ukraine to settle in Rockland, joining her father who had come a few years earlier; and Pedro Guerrero grew up in the “dusty desert town” of Mesa, Ariz., shortly after Arizona became a state.

Nevelson, a Jewish immigrant from the Russian empire, did not gain citizenship until 1920, when she married an American. Guerrero’s family had been in Arizona since the 1870s, yet his experience was shaped by the ways in which being of Mexican heritage was viewed by the community in which he lived. This presentation will explore the nature of their work, the reputations they forged during their long and productive careers and how their early life experiences shaped their artistic personae.

Fee for this program is $10, $8 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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