Lawrence Ferlinghetti: American Cultural Icon
Lyet Gallery - Elizabethtown College, PA
October 11 - November 21
exhibition artwork

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: American Cultural Icon

A Celebration of Ferlinghetti's Art and Writings
Curator, George Krevsky

October 11- November 21, 2018
M-F 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Lyet Gallery
Leffler Chapel and Performance Center
Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Elizabethtown College is pleased to host a rare exhibit of acclaimed Beat poet, book publisher and artist Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The exhibit will include more than 20 pieces of artwork. Sponsored by The Bowers Writers House & The Fine Arts Division of the Fine and Performing Arts Department.

Schedule of Events:

October 11, 10 a.m., Lyet Gallery—Exhibition Opening

October 16, 6:30 p.m., Brinser Lecture Room, Steinman Hall—Film Viewing and Talk
Cinematographer Chris Felver will be showing and speaking about his PBS documentary "The Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti."

October 20, 3:30 p.m., Lyet Gallery—Reception and Curator's Talk
"Lawrence Ferlinghetti: An American Cultural Icon"
Coordinated by Professor of Art Milt Friedly and Director of Bowers Writers House Jesse Waters, this one-of-a-kind experience will feature an exclusive presentation about the artist by exhibition curator and long-time Ferlinghetti art representative George Krevsky '62.

October 20, 6:30 p.m., Bowers Writers House—Poetry Reading
"Under the City Lights: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Celebration"
Members of the Elizabethtown administration, faculty and staff, alumni association, and student body will present a program of selected Ferlinghetti poetry readings; featured readers are President Carl Strikwerda, Professor of Poetry Dr. Carmine Sarracino, Director of Bowers Writers House Jesse Waters, curator George Krevsky '62, and selected students. The evening will close with a classic Bowers chocolate fondue reception.

October 23, 4 p.m., Lyet Gallery—Reception and Curator's Talk
A Department of Fine Arts gallery talk will be given by curator and 25-year Ferlinghetti art representative George Krevsky '62.

November 21, 5 p.m., Lyet Gallery—Exhibition Closing


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Elizabethtown College announces major exhibition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti art work and writings

Elizabethtown to host "Lawrence Ferlinghetti: An American Cultural Icon," curated by alumnus George Krevsky; exhibition opens Oct. 11

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA, October 5, 2018 – Elizabethtown College will hold a major exhibition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's art work and writings, titled "Lawrence Ferlinghetti: An American Cultural Icon." The exhibition, curated by 25-year Ferlinghetti visual art representative George Krevsky '62, opens Oct. 11 and runs through Nov. 21 in Lyet Gallery, housed in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center on the College's campus.

As a literary figure, Ferlinghetti—the long-time editor and owner of the famous City Lights Books—has contributed directly and extensively to both the creative and editing fields of his art. Considered one of the most beloved members of the Beat Generation—a group which heavily influenced American post-World War II culture and politics—Ferlinghetti, at 99 years old, is regarded as a master of words and metaphors as well as color and visual symbolism.

Twenty of this iconic American cultural figure's works will be celebrated in the College's exhibition, chosen from an array of pieces produced from 1954 through 2011—a span of more than fifty years. This exhibition reflects examples of Ferlinghetti's art work in various media, including painting, drawing, silk screens, mixed media and lithography, as well as the breadth of his painting across time.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Gallery admission, as well as admission to all featured events listed below, is at no charge and open to the public. More information is provided by the Department of Fine Arts.

Elizabethtown College, located in historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a private coed institution offering more than four dozen liberal arts, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, business, communications and education degrees. Learn more: