Lunchtime Lecture

Hughie Lee-Smith and the Politics of Introspection


David C. Hart, PhD

Tuesday, June 7, 12:00 p.m.
Gartner Auditorium

Come to the CMA for a quick bite of art history. Every first Tuesday of each month, join curators, conservators, scholars, and other museum staff for 30–minute talks on objects currently on display in the museum galleries. 

Understandings of visual art in the 20th century have often positioned the meanings of artworks that evoke associations with contemplation and interiority as separate from, and even at odds with, politics, identity, and oppression. Dr. Hart discusses how Hughie Lee-Smith’s works, such as the CMA’s Rooftop (1957), deal with all those topics in complex, nuanced ways and how Lee-Smith advanced a long history of linking the interior and social lives of artists’ subjects.

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Generous annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, Cynthia and Dale Brogan, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Florence Kahane Goodman, Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Pamela Mascio, Sally and Larry Sears, the Thompson Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.