Everyday People: Mel Leipzig’s Figurative Realism
December 6, 2019 – April 19, 2020
New Jersey-based artist Mel Leipzig is heralded as one of today’s finest figurative realist painters. His subjects—family, friends, acquaintances, and fellow artists—occupy self-constructed places of identity, such as home or work, in subtle psychological portraits that place an equal importance on the setting. The exhibition features highlights from Leipzig’s career of over 60 years.
Tea and Talk: Henrik Ibsen, the Father of Modern Drama
Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is often referred to as the “father of realism,” but over the course of his career he addressed a wide range of topics. Join Mel Leipzig, as he talks about the overlooked themes in Ibsen’s early writings, which are important in understanding his later, better-known plays. From The Pillars of the Community to When Dead We Awaken, Leipzig positions Ibsen as the “father of modern drama.”
In addition, Leipzig discusses Ibsen’s training as a painter and how he brought an artist’s visual perspective to his plays’ settings, costumes, and scenery.
This lecture series features engaging lectures, great conversation, and light refreshments. Advance registration required.
Museum Members: $10
Non-Members: $15 (includes Museum Admission)
See this State of the Arts program on PBS, about Leipzig’s career.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Mel Leipzig Trust. Additional support is provided by Gallery Henoch.
Image Credit Top: Mel Leipzig, Francesca's Room,1991,acrylic on canvas. Photo courtesy of the Mel Leipzig Trust and Gallery Henoch,New York.