Tennessee Williams Exhibit

Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter

Tennessee Williams. Le Solitaire, 1976. Oil on canvas board. 25 x 31 inches
On loan through the generosity of David Wolkowsky

Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter
May 5 - July 23, 2017

Exhibition overview

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter, an exhibition of paintings by the renowned playwright. The exhibition includes seventeen paintings on loan from David Wolkowsky, one of Williams' closest friends, and one from the Key West Art and Historical Society. The subject matter of Williams' paintings includes friends, scenes from his plays, and visual interpretations of his deep personal feelings. He worked in an expressionist style, which was well suited for his temperament.

The exhibition also includes an audio recording lasting almost thirty minutes, which provides visitors the unique opportunity to hear the celebrated playwright read his poetry aloud. The recording was performed at a local radio station expressly for the use and benefit of the Key West Public Library. The audio recording was made available by the Monroe County Public Library and the Key West Literary Seminar. A 4:02 minutes long video, titled Tennessee Williams, The Playwright (Copyright 2016, A Richard Fendelman Film, produced by Charles Greenfield), is included in the exhibition. In it, David Wolkowsky talks about his friend, Tennessee Williams.

Tennessee Williams
Born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911, Tennessee Williams is considered one of the foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama. His plays A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are considered masterpieces of the American theatre. His plays are powerful depictions of the human condition. Williams' painting, for which he was less known, is garnering increasing attention for its poetic expression.

Exhibition and Support
Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter will open with a public reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 5, and will remain on view through July 23, 2017. Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter is made possible by the support of the Tennessee Williams Festival, St. Louis; the generosity of David Wolkowsky, Key West, Florida;
and the collaboration of Key West Art & Historical Society.


The Canisius Parking lot, next to SLUMA, will be closed Thursday July 30-Sunday July 23. Metered parking is available on Lindell Blvd. Metered parking is $1 per hour and is free after 7pm Monday-Saturday, and all day Sunday. There is also metered parking on Spring Ave.

Williams: The Playwright and the Painter
Exhibition and Panel Discussion

For the second time only outside of Key West, eighteen deeply personal paintings illustrate Williams' magical ability to suffuse his poetic soul into every art form he touched. Exhibited at the St. Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA), they are on loan from the Key West Art & Historical Society and the owner of the paintings, Williams' longtime friend, David Wolkowsky.

Panel Discussion will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, May 6, at .ZACK building. The .ZACK building is located at 3224 Locust St.

The panel discussion is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchsed through the Tennessee Williams Festival page. 

For more information regarding the panel discussion and the Tennessee Williams Festival, go to https://www.twstl.org/schedule

For more information regarding the .ZACK building go to, http://www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org/zack/

Festival Panel Members:

Cori Convertito
Michael Hooper
Henry Schvey
Petruta Lipan

Saint Louis University Museum of Art
The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is located on the campus of Saint Louis University, at 3663 Lindell Boulevard.Regular museum hours:
Wednesday through Sunday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and major holidays.

Admission is free and open to the public.
For general information, please call 314-977-6631.

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