Pollock Krasner House & Study Center Opens May 3 / Exhibit & Lecture Schedule


Pollock-Krasner House re-opens for the season 

  on May 3 with “Louis Schanker: The WPA Years”  

Reception and gallery talk with Greta Berman, Sunday, May 27, 5 – 7 p.m.

Louis Schanker with his mural for WNYC Radio, 1939

From 1935-1943, thousands of artists across the country were employed by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency created to relieve unemployment during the Great Depression. The largest contingent was in New York City, where Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and many of their contemporaries painted murals and canvases and made sculpture and prints for public buildings such as schools, libraries, and hospitals.

One of the most prominent WPA artists was Louis Schanker (1903-1981), who became a supervisor on both the mural and graphics divisions. The exhibition features a selection of his woodblock and linoleum block prints, including examples of the blocks themselves and process materials.

Also on view are studies for his murals at WNYC, the New York municipal radio station, and the Neponsit Beach Children’s Hospital in Queens. The catalog essay by Great Berman, Ph.D., a specialist in New Deal mural painting, focuses on Schanker’s three major themes: music, sports, and the circus. Works are lent by the artist’s estate.

The exhibition will be on view through July 28. Download the essay and checklist here.


The house will be closed for a special event  
from 1 – 5 p.m. on May 12

For Stony Brook University Art Department’s annual graduate student and faculty get-together on Saturday, May 12, the house will be closed from 1 – 5 p.m.

The studio will be open, however, and admission will be free.

ART IN FOCUS: new lecture series at Stony Brook Southampton Library, starts May 22  


Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Admission is free

Renowned experts share their insights in this special spring lecture series, co-sponsored by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center and the Stony Brook Southampton Library, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton.

Made possible by support from the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University.

May 22
FOCUS: Odyssey: Jack Whitten

Katy Siegel

Katy Siegel, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art, Stony Brook University.

Dr. Siegel’s focus is on the celebrated African-American abstract painter’s previously unknown sculpture, which is the subject of an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art that will come to theMetropolitan Museum of Art this fall.

See the full program here.

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
A National Historic Landmark

Take the audio tour

The museum is open on
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

from May – October


Self-guided tours from 1 – 5 p.m., no reservations required.
Admission $5 for adults, free for children under 12. Audio guide included.
Pollock-Krasner House members and SUNY/CUNY students, faculty and staff are admitted free.Guided tours at noon by reservation only. Click here to reserve.
Admission $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Infants free.
Pollock-Krasner House members and SUNY/CUNY students, faculty and staff are admitted free, but reservations are required for guided tours. Please call 631-324-4929 for your coupon code. 

For information about our exhibitions and programs, please visit our Web site.For researcher access to Study Center collections, which are available year-round, please call 631-324-4929.  




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