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Museum exhibit examines New York's turn of the century Lower East Side

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New York’s Lower East Side during the turn of the century will come to life in an exhibit at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

A select group of paintings and works on paper depicting that era and locale will be presented  starting Feb. 8. “Jerome Myers: Raising Hope in the New World” will be on display at the museum through May 4. An illustrated publication with essays accompanies the exhibition.

“In a career that spanned the late 19th and first half of the 20th century, Myers painted the reality he saw in the immigrant neighborhoods on New York’s Lower East Side,” said museum director Marilyn Laufer. “His subjects were children and families dressed in their best clothing at the markets, on stoops or at religious and cultural festivals.”

Myers took an unpopular position at the time with regard to immigrants.

“Others saw ugliness and degradation there, I saw poetry and beauty,” said Myers.

The museum offers special thanks to the late Helen Farr Sloan, widow of artist John Sloan; attorney Jerome K. Grossman; Katherine Degn and Carole Pesner of the Kraushaar Galleries; and Myers’ grandson, Barry Downes. Lenders to the exhibition include the Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ga; Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington; the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens; Arkansas Art Center, in Little Rock; and collector Samuel Rosenfeld.

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