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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Frederick Lewis


Retracing Rockwell Kent

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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.” Kent was also a prolific oil painter whose work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His haunting landscapes were inspired by his adventurous sojourns to Alaska, Tierra del Fuego and Greenland. He was also a best-selling author and a social activist who won a landmark passport case against the federal government that allowed all U.S, citizens to travel, regardless of their political affiliations. The New Yorker once quipped, “That day will mark a precedent, which brings no news of Rockwell Kent.” Why was Kent’s fame so fleeting?


Early November, North Greenland by Rockwell Kent

For more than ten years, producer/writer Frederick Lewis, a professor 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. The Washington Post called this documentary:

“ …a sweeping, detailed, visually rich portrait of a man who emerges as a complex, compelling and finally contradictory force of nature, a charismatic reflection of the eras in which he lived.”


Frederick Lewis is a documentary filmmaker, freelance writer, and a professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University. He has received numerous grants, awards and nominations for his productions, which have aired on PBS stations across the U.S. and screened at various universities, film festivals and museums, including the National Gallery of Art.

Professor Lewis is a recipient of the Presidential Teacher Award, Ohio University’s highest honor for transformative teaching, curriculum innovation and mentoring. He has also taught at Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Internationally he has professed at Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire, UK, and the University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and a U.S. Embassy (Berlin, Germany) lecturer at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Freiburg in Saxony. A strong proponent and practitioner of experiential education, he has designed and directed international study programs in Malaysia, Guyana, Ecuador, Germany and Ireland.

Date: 04/21/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

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