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Robert N. Blair (1912-2002), Bethlehem Steel, Open Hearth, Lackawanna, undated; watercolor with graphite on paper, Overall: 22 1/4 x 29 7/8 in. (56.5 x 75.9 cm) Frame: 31 1/4 x 44 1/4 in. (79.4 x 112.4 cm); Gift of the Artist, 1985

Robert N. Blair (1912-2002), Bethlehem Steel, Open Hearth, Lackawanna, undated; watercolor with graphite on paper, Overall: 22 1/4 x 29 7/8 in. (56.5 x 75.9 cm) Frame: 31 1/4 x 44 1/4 in. (79.4 x 112.4 cm); Gift of the Artist, 1985

Narrative Implied: Works that Speak of the Urban Experience

On View Tuesday, February 15–Saturday, April 15, 2000

Rockwell Hall   

Many artists create visual works to illustrate their opinions about society and the environment. These works, while seemingly static and singular, actually contain the dynamics of a narrative. The chosen subjects, compositional structure, details and their placement, and even the media and artistic style all contribute to our reading of the artists’ messages. We observe and recognize what the artists would like us to consider, and then we add our own knowledge and ideologies for a final reading – like a dialogue between the artists, who speak with images, and ourselves.