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Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA Announces Death, Loss, and the Artist FREE Lecture by Dr. Laurie Wilson

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is pleased to host New York-based psychoanalyst and art historian Dr. Laurie Wilson for a public lecture on October 22, 2011 at 1 pm. Dr. Wilson’s talk, entitled “Death, Loss, and the Artist,” will discuss how traumatic events in early childhood and adolescence are revealed in the work of three artists. The lecture is free and open to the public, and is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art, now on view at the UMFA.

In her lecture, Dr. Wilson will address the ways in which traumatic childhood experiences are expressed in the work of artists LeConte Stewart, Alberto Giacometti, and Louise Nevelson. Dr. Wilson is a practicing art therapist, art historian, and psychoanalyst working in New York City. She recently authored Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic, and the Man (Yale University Press) and is currently writing a biography of the artist Louise Nevelson. A dedicated educator, Wilson is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, a faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Institute affiliated with New York University Medical Center, and Professor Emerita of Art Therapy at New York University.

Beloved Utah artist LeConte Stewart (1891-1990) experienced an overwhelming sense of loneliness from a young age. Between the ages of 12 and 15, Stewart lost his mother, sister, and two brothers to illness and accidents. He explained that throughout his life “he desperately yearned to put that feeling down in paint.”

More than 100 paintings and works on paper by LeConte Stewart are currently on view at the UMFA in the special exhibition, LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art, generously sponsored by the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and the Ray, Quinney & Nebeker Foundation. A companion exhibition, LeConte Stewart: The Soul of Rural Utah, is currently on view at the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City.

For more information, please visit or call 801-585-1306.

Marcia and John Price Museum Building
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium
University of Utah campus
410 Campus Center Drive
SLC, UT 84112

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