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James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture Series

April Gornik

April Gornik


Virga, by April Gornik

Virga, 1992, April Gornik, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family

April Gornik

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7 p.m.


Watch the recorded webcast of April Gornik’s talk


April Gornik is known for her unpeopled landscapes that are often imagined or reinterpreted through time and memory. Her work is deeply influenced by nineteenth-century landscape painting. In her lecture, Gornik takes us on a tour through her oeuvre, from her earliest paintings on plywood, to her formative paintings on canvas, and ending with images from an upcoming exhibition. The images of roiling seas, ominous skies, and mountains overlooking endless plains capture the power of nature and endeavor to create a suspended moment of calm.

Gornik’s painting Virga was acquired by the museum in 2013.

The James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture is held in the museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.