Remembering Albert Alcalay
April 17 - April 19, 2009
Remembering Albert Alcalay (Exhibition) April 17â€“19 Sert Gallery, 3rd Floor, 1-5:00 pm. Albert Alcalay: Self Portraits (Screening) April 19, 1:00 p.m. Lecture Hall, Basement Harvard lecturer and Boston artist Albert Alcalay will be remembered a year after his death with a show of oil paintings and works on paper April 17-19 at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. On Sunday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m. there will be a tribute to Alcalay and a screening at the Harvard Film Archive of "Albert Alcalay: Self Portraits." Alcalay, who passed away in March of 2008, was one of the founders of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and an active painter, printmaker, sculptor, and etcher in the Boston area. A WWII concentration camp survivor, Alcalayâ€™s early European work was expressionist in nature. But with his move to the urban landscapes of the United States in the 1950s, and the death of a dear friend, Alcalay was forced to find a new visual language, one that was fluid and often informed by the events of his life, including the loss of his eyesight late in life. Alcalay's work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museums of Modern Art in New York and Rome as well as in museums at Harvard University, Colby College, Simmons College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts. He exhibited widely in galleries in New York, Washington, D.C., Paris, Vienna, Damascus, Beirut, and Pretoria, South Africa. He is the author of The Persistence of Hope: A True Story (University of Delaware Press, 2007).