Launching May 1st, 2021 – February 6th, 2022
A visual survey of Fasanella’s most powerful political art – this exhibit explores the enduring relevance of seminal events depicted by him in monumental, encyclopedic works of art and the continued importance of these events and his work to contemporary political discourse. From the advent of the military-industrial complex, the growth of multinational corporations, and the activist struggles against class exploitation and cultural supremacy – Fasanella created pictorial narratives that captured the culture and identity of an American populace caught up in a market- driven fantasy of social evolution through perpetual economic growth as well as the civil unrest attendant to this cultural evolution.
Marc Fasanella • Executor / Estate of Ralph Fasanella
Marc Fasanella holds a PhD in Art & Art Education from New York University and was a professor of Art and Architecture, as well as Environmental and Graphic Design for three decades. He has also worked extensively as a design build specialist in wood and landscape, independent curator, and non-profit director.
Dr. Fasanella has written and lectured extensively about his father, artist Ralph Fasanella, including the 2017 monograph published by Pomegranate Press: Ralph Fasanella: Images of Optimism.
Naomi Johnson • Graphic Designer / Professional Writer
Naomi Johnson is the Content Administrator for fasanella.org and is a senior studying Graphic Design and Professional Writing at Michigan State University. Naomi’s love for creating has led her to be involved with many projects including: document design, copyediting, copywriting, graphic design, and storytelling.
Miss Johnson is a published copyeditor, copywriter, and designer. She also recently won First Place Overall in Michigan State University’s ISS 2020 Fall Film Festival.
As part of our Susman Lecture Series we are happy to host a talk on and exhibition of the art of Ralph Fasanella with Ralph’s son, Professor of Art and Architecture Dr. Marc Fasanella. A visual survey of Ralph Fasanella’s most powerful political art – this exhibit and lecture explores the enduring relevance of the seminal 20th Century events Fasanella depicted and their continued importance.
Lecture Video — American Tragedy: A 20th Century Portrait of Life in the United States by Ralph Fasanella
Artist Marc Fasanella speaks about his father, Ralph Fasanella. Throughout his artistic evolution, self-taught working class artist, Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) visually chronicled the political history of his time. His work in oil on canvas captured the culture and identities of an American populace caught up in a market driven fantasy of social evolution with periods of civil unrest.
Ralph Fasanella: Americans Unseen
April 1st, 2022 — September 17th, 2022
Fenimore Art Museum
5798 NY-80, Cooperstown, NY 13326