Hard Coal, Hard Times: The Social Realist Art of Nicholas Bervinchak
September 28 - October 21
Art at the Institute is pleased to announce an exhibit “Hard Coal, Hard Times: The Social Realist Art of Nicholas Bervinchak” guest curated by Mike Buryk that opens on September 28, 2018 in our New York gallery.
Born in 1903 in the northeastern Pennsylvania coal region, Bervinchak was a coal miner-turned-artist. His social realist paintings and etchings depicting miners, landscapes, and scenes of daily life in the anthracite region of northeast Pennsylvania put him within in the 20th century American Regionalist tradition. The exhibit explores the difficult and dangerous lives faced by Ukrainian immigrants in Pennsylvania anthracite coal country, and how this talented young man used his artistic talents to forge a path out of the mines.