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Fine Art Lecture Series

Detail of Fairfield Porter, Lizzie (1968), oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Roebling, FA1973.3

American Perspectives
A Fine Art Lecture Series by Mel Leipzig

Sponsored by the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum

Nationally-renowned painter Mel Leipzig will present a subscription series of four lectures focusing on specific artists and movements important to the development of 20th century American Art. Sponsored by the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum, the lecture series will be held on Sunday afternoons in Spring 2013.

Lectures will begin at 1 pm in the Museum’s Auditorium, followed by visits to related works in the Fine Art galleries. A reception with light refreshments will complete each session. What a lovely way to spend a spring afternoon!

Mel Leipzig has resided in Trenton, NJ since 1970. He studied at the Cooper Union (3-year certificate, 1956), Yale University (BFA, 1958) and Pratt Institute (MFA, 1972). He has had over 40 one-man shows, including a retrospective at the New Jersey State Museum in 1998.

Elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy in 2006, his other awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, grants for painting from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.

His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, all New York; the Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and the White House Collection, Washington, DC; among others. In New Jersey, his paintings are in the collections of the State Museum, the Noyes Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, the Morris Museum, among others.

Professor Leipzig is retiring in May 2013 after teaching painting and art history for over four decades at Mercer County Community College. He will continue to paint, exhibit and lecture.


Thomas Eakins and Henry Ossawa Tanner

Sunday, April 14 at 1 pm

Learn about America’s greatest realist artist, Thomas Eakins, and his influence on the African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner, among others. View the Museum’s Eakins’ Bronzes which commemorate the Battle of Trenton.

The American Modernists

Sunday, April 21 at 1 pm

Discover the work of the important American Modernists, John Marin, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O’Keeffe. View important works by these artists in the Fine Art galleries.

Abstract Expressionism and Geometric Abstraction

Sunday, May 5 at 1 pm

The two most influential art teachers of the 20th century, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffman, were both of German descent and represent the opposite ends of approach to abstraction. View a work by Albers in the Museum’s collection, as well as several works by both teachers’ students.

Fairfield Porter and Philip Pearlstein and Their Influence

Sunday, May 19 at 1 pm

Representing two almost completely opposing aspects of the revival of realism after the Abstract Expressionist period, Fairfield Porter and Philip Pearlstein both exhibit the influence of abstraction in their work. View works by both painters, and the work of artists influenced by them.


Cost includes lecture, gallery visit and reception.

Full series:
Friends Members $160
Non-members $200
Students (valid ID) $160

Individual lectures:
Friends Members $50 each
Non-members $60 each
Students (valid ID) $50 each

To register, please print the brochure, fill in the registration page, detach and return with your payment by April 5, 2013.