LeConte Stewart Exhibition Opens Tomorrow

boxcar with men on top and inside

Private Car, courtesy the Church History Museum

LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art opens Thursday July 21!

In an exciting collaboration, the UMFA has teamed up with the L.D.S. Church History Museum to stage the largest exhibition ever presented of Utah artist LeConte Stewart’s work. With a combined total of over 200 paintings and works on paper selected from museums and private collections across the West, these joint exhibitions will feature masterworks that have rarely been seen. The shared effort focuses on the most creative and skilled period of Stewart’s long career.

One of many highlights in the exhibition, “Private Car, 1937,” depicts face-less men inside and atop a Union Pacific train car.  The figures lack defining characteristics and become symbols of the hundreds of men that hopped train cars hoping to find something better along the way, never knowing their destination. The simplified shapes of the scene, from the boxcars and their shadows to the telephone poles, all add to this iconic image of the Great Depression. Consider the title “Private Car.”  What is the importance behind the title?  Does it enhance the meaning of the piece?

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