Exhibition will highlight Booth's broad career, contextualizing it within transformation of American culture from the Gilded Age to machine modernism.

May 20, 2008

DEARBORN / May 20, 2008---Undergraduate art history students participating in the campus’s museum practice seminar are showcasing an exhibition titled “James Scripps Booth: Artist, Engineer, Polymath” now through June 13 at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery.

The students have collaborated with Jason Weems, assistant professor of art history and curator of the exhibition, for the project.

The exhibition highlights James Scripps Booth--an heir to the Scripps-Booth family publishing fortune--and his broad, dynamic career, contextualizing it within transformation of American culture from the Gilded Age to machine modernism.

“Booth is the ideal figure through which to explore this all-too-understudied shift in American art and life,” according to Weems. “The project’s scope of inquiry is both comprehensive and intellectually ambitious, purposed at helping audiences appreciate Booth’s individual achievements and consider how his work tackles the leading issues of early 20th century American artistic and cultural modernization.”

The exhibition will show the range of Booth’s work, including paintings, drawings, illustrations, advertising and automotive designs.

An illustrated exhibition catalogue containing 90 pages will be available for purchase. The catalogue includes original research and essays by Mark Coir, head archivist at Cranbrook Education Community, and Weems, along with detailed object entries researched and written by practicum students.

The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For more information, call 313-593-3592.

 
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