Gatsby with ‘Age of the One Percent’ Exhibit


From UConn Today – April 2013

In thinking about how to create an exhibition for the Contemporary Art Galleries (CAG) exploring this year’s UConn Reads book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, curator Barry Rosenberg knew he would face a challenge.

“We did Half the Sky [by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn]last year, but I could visualize that,” Rosenberg says of the book that addresses the oppression of women and girls in developing nations.

Last year, Rosenberg says, he used some of the photography that is part of the human rights collection of artwork in the William Benton Museum of Art. The museum also has as part of its permanent collection works created during the 1920s and 1930s era of the Fitzgerald book that make up its UConn Reads exhibition, “Millionaires and Mechanics, Bootleggers and Flappers: Speaking of ‘The Great Gatsby.’”

The CAG exhibition “Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent” is on display in the gallery through April 19. As part of the exhibition, there will be a Gatsby Symposium on April 15 at 4 p.m., followed by a closing reception and presentation, “Gatsby Performed,” at 6 p.m. in the Art Building, 830 Bolton Road, Storrs.

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