Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
Woodblock Prints by James Havens: A Centennial Celebration
A new exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of Rochester's best loved and most influential printmakers. Woodblock Prints by James Havens: A Centennial Celebration opens at the Gallery December 8, 2000 and remains on view through March 4, 2001. The exhibition features about 40 woodblock prints from the collection of the Memorial Art Gallery, plus a number of works on loan from Rochester's Strong Museum. (left: Chicken Yard. Woodblock print. Memorial Art Gallery, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fairman)
About the artist
James Dexter Havens (1900-1960) studied art at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Particularly well known for his atmospheric woodblock prints, Havens won awards in four Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibitions between 1939 and 1959. He served many years as director of the Print Club of Rochester. (left: After School (1947). Woodblock print. Memorial Art Gallery, Gift of the Print Club of Rochester)
A lifelong sufferer from juvenile diabetes, Havens earned a footnote in history when in 1922 he became the first person successfully treated with insulin injections. His father, head of the legal department at Eastman Kodak, learned of research being carried out in Canada and obtained a supply of insulin even before it was available in the US. (right: Chickadee and Mullein. Woodblock print. Memorial Art Gallery, Gift of Mrs. John McKinney)
Tuesday, December 19, at 7:30 pm, enjoy a Gallery talk and informal walkthrough of Woodblock Prints by James Havens: A Centennial Celebration. This event is free with Gallery admission.
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