Bayly opens John Dos Passos exhibition
known as a major literary figure from the 1920s through the 1960s
with such books as Three Soldiers, Manhattan Transfer, and the
U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos pursued a concurrent career as
a visual artist.
Bayly Art Museum
will show more than 80 watercolors and drawings of landscapes
and portraits that speak to the diverse cultures he visited.
exhibition, The Art of John Dos Passos, which runs
through Sept. 16, is divided into sections corresponding to his
travels. These include works from a trip to Spain immediately
after his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1920, his return to
Paris and trips to Morocco in the mid-1920s and to Mexico from
1926 to 1934.
on view will be paintings he exhibited in New York City in the
1920s chronicling his travels as a social revolutionary throughout
the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. A number of the watercolors
he made during these trips and while living in New York are shown
as cover art, and, as in the case of the Orient Express, as illustrations
in his books. Included in the exhibition are Dos Passoss
designs for productions presented by the New Playwrights Theater
in New York, a proletarian dramatist group.
collections holds the papers of Dos Passos.
Art of John Dos Passos was organized by International Arts
& Artists in conjunction with the Dos Passos estate. Its presentation
at the Bayly, open to the public without charge Tuesday through
Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m, is supported in part by the Museums
Volunteer Board. For more about the exhibit and the museum, visit
the Web site at www.virginia.edu/~bayly.