Susman Lecture Will Feature Ralph Fasanella’s Work

May 11, 2021

Ralph Fasanella. Photo Jeannette Ferrary

ALBA’s annual Susman lecture on May 27—offered online this year, register here—will feature Marc Fasanella, who will speak about the art of his father, Lincoln Brigade veteran Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997). A largely self-taught painter, Fasanella was born to an Italian immigrant family in the Bronx. His art focused on the city and the lives of working-class people. Discovered late in life, in 1972, he appeared on the cover of New York magazine. One of his paintings, “Family Supper,” a memoir of the immigrant experience, is on display at the Ellis Island Museum in New York Harbor.

The lecture series was established by ALBA to honor one of its founding members, Lincoln vet Bill Susman.

Susman Lecture

Marc Fasanella: “Ralph Fasanella, American Tragedy”

May 27, 2021, 7 PM Eastern, online

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