Luba Lukova: Designing Justice at Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Beverly, Massachusetts
February 1 – May 21, 2021
Walter J. Manninen Center
for the Arts
Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery
376 Hale Street
Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
Virtual Artist Talk
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Gallery open by appointment.
Luba Lukova: Designing Justice continues its tour with a new installation at Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts in Beverly, Massachusetts. The Center's Heftler Gallery opens their spring season with an exhibition of 29 prints by the internationally renowned artist.
Loved by audiences and critics, Luba Lukova: Designing Justice has traveled widely in the U.S. and around the world including Jewish Museum Milwaukee, WI; Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn, NY; Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, PA; Zarrow Art Center, Tulsa, OK; Phebe Conley Art Gallery, Fresno, CA; Krannert Fine Arts Center, Anderson, IN; Museum of Design Atlanta, GA; Museum of the City of Riobamba, Ecuador; The Thermos Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan; Slup Szymon Poster Gallery, Szczecin, Poland; and the American School, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
Expressing commentary on complex social issues has been Luba Lukova’s career-long focus because of her firmly held belief that art is central to human existence and that morality and creativity are aligned. Included in the exhibition are the artist's most recent visual reactions to current events, as well as the iconic posters from her Social Justice portfolio addressing themes such as peace, censorship, immigration, ecology, hunger and corruption. Published back in 2008, the portfolio was shown in the prestigious art exhibition at the first inauguration of President Obama in Washington D.C. More than a decade since its publication, the series is as relevant as ever and the artist continues to create new social commentary work. In her words, she has “plenty of topics to tackle in the future.”
Join us for a virtual artist talk with Luba live from her New York studio on Tuesday, February 16. She will tell you about the works in her Designing Justice exhibition and answer your questions after the presentation. The talk will be held on Zoom, so you'll be able to interact with Luba personally.
Luba Lukova: Designing Justice, 2021
Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts
Named in honor of Walter J. Manninen, art collector, benefactor, and entrepreneur, the Manninen Center for the Arts is a state-of-the art facility serving as a cultural resource for the larger North Shore community. Situated in the Manninen Center, the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery is a museum-quality gallery featuring well known artists and specially selected exhibitions. Exhibits at the Heftler Gallery have included works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Annie Leibovitz, Will Barnet, and Pablo Picasso. Group exhibitions have featured the National Association of Women Artists, and Provincetown Artists: A Survey of American Modern to Abstract Art.
"Simple yet profound... clever yet accessible." –NPR
"Intense and unrelenting, pointing out the injustices and foibles of society in a cheerful aesthetic that surprises the viewer with its poignancy."
– William Corwin
Saatchi Online TV & Magazine
"Luba Lukova’s images have punch, and they are laced with such feeling that they often merit a second look."
– Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe