Visions of an American Dreamland

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Sunday December 12

2:00 PM  –  3:00 PM

Presented via Zoom. Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event.

Participants will join Dr. Robin Jaffee Frank via Zoom for a captivating look at Coney Island and its iconic place in the history of American art and culture. The curator and author of an acclaimed exhibition and book on Coney Island, Robin will explore the site’s enduring status as a subject for artists. Special attention will be given to a work on view at the Museum: Ralph Fasenella’s Workers’ Holiday—Coney Island, 1965, a monumental tribute to the Brooklyn beach infused with political and religious symbolism. Many artists perceived this iconic place as a prism through which to view the American experience. Their visions of Coney Island imagined the future and later recalled the past, conveying changing ideas about leisure, and exploring the mixing of people of different races, ethnicities, and classes, transcending social boundaries.