Florence Griswold Museum: VIRTUAL LECTURE: Coney Island

October 28, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Virtual via Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme St
Old Lyme
CT 06371
Florence Griswold Museum

Join Dr. Robin Jaffee Frank, exhibition curator and author of Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008, for a captivating look at Coney Island and its iconic place in the history of American art and culture.

Called “America’s Playground,” Coney Island is a world-famous resort and national cultural symbol that has inspired art, music, literature, and film. For over 150 years, artists made images that captured its inception as a watering hole for the wealthy, transformation into the world’s most famous mechanical amusement center, evolution into a mecca for the masses, decline into a disheveled dreamland, and recent revival. The extraordinary array of artists featured include William Merritt Chase, Joseph Stella, Walker Evans, Reginald Marsh, Paul Cadmus, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, George Tooker, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Patti Smith, and Basquiat.