Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art
Artist Eric Fischl
On and Off the Canvas
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7 p.m.
Internationally acclaimed artist Eric Fischl first received critical attention for depicting the dark, disturbing undercurrents of mainstream American life. His paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints have been the subject of numerous solo and major group exhibitions, and his work is represented in many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His new memoir, Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas, explores his coming of age as an artist and the highly charged New York art world of the 1970s and 1980s. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, New York, with his wife, artist April Gornik.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection includes prints, paintings, and sculpture by Fischl. In 2013, the museum acquired the bronze sculpture Ten Breaths: Tumbling Woman II and the painting The Clemente Family.
The Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art are held in the museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, located at 8th and G Streets, NW. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. Limited space; tickets required. Pick up free tickets beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s G Street Lobby.