The Chicago Art Deco Society
in association with
The Caxton Club of Chicago and The Breakers At Edgewater Beach
Rockwell Kent: A Documentary Film
By Frederick Lewis
Sunday, March 20th
11:00 AM Complimentary Brunch
11:45 AM Program Begins (concluding at 3:30pm)
The Breakers at Edgewater Beach
5333 North Sheridan Road, Chicago
(Complimentary Indoor Parking, Red Line: Berwyn)
$20.00 General Admission
During the 1930s and ‘40s, Rockwell Kent (1882—1971) was one of America’s most famous personalities. The foremost illustrator of his day, he created definitive drawings for literary classics such as “Moby Dick,” “Candide,” and “The Canterbury Tales.” In addition, Kent was also a prolific oil painter, author and adventure traveler. As a social activist he won a landmark passport case against the federal government that allowed all U.S, citizens to travel, regardless of their political affiliations.
For more than ten years, producer/writer Frederick Lewis, an associate professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University, retraced the peripatetic artist/adventurer’s many travels, shooting footage in Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland, and Russia. He also hired a 56-ft sailboat with crew and recreated Kent’s capricious attempt to sail to Cape Horn. The result is a definitive documentary that puts Kent’s myriad achievements in perspective.
Professor Lewis is an independent producer whose documentary work has been seen on PBS stations across the U.S. and screened at numerous universities, film festivals and museums, including the National Gallery of Art. Professor Lewis will be present to introduce and discuss his work.
(Please note that event ticket purchases are non-refundable nor able to be applied or exchanged for a future event.)