The Lasting World:
Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych

The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych explores the noted New York artist’s creative arc from early, hyperrealist works through more introspective and fantastical later works. The exhibition’s centerpiece is The Fulbright Triptych, a monumental three-part work measuring fourteen across that Roberta Smith, The New York Times art critic once described as “a crackling, obsessive showboat of a painting, dreamed up during a decade when the medium supposedly teetered on the brink of death.”

The visually complex Triptych is part autobiographical essay, part homage to Renaissance artists and their craft, part reflection on the historical legacies of the 20th century, and part meditation on the power of images to inspire across time and place. In addition to The Fulbright Triptych, the exhibition includes examples of Dinnerstein’s subtly evocative drawings and paintings from the 1960s through the 1990s, which continually interrogate the role of art in lived human experience.

The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych seeks to engage visitors and the broader public in discussions of what individual works of art mean, and how significance and relevance are constructed from different viewpoints. The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri, and the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York in collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art.

Hear more about the story behind The Fulbright Triptych in this NPR story To learn more about the artist’s life and career, watch this video:

Simon Dinnerstein – The Lasting World: A Walk Through the Traveling Exhibition – Robert Sirota, composer from Simon Dinnerstein on Vimeo.

To open the exhibition, the Museum partnered with Classical Tahoe on Friday, July 20 for a one-of-a-kind event that celebrated art, life, and the bonds of family. “A Conversation on the Mysteries of Art and Family” was a discussion between acclaimed musician Simone Dinnerstein and her father, visual artist Simon Dinnerstein. Following this discussion between father and daughter, Simone Dinnerstein performed selections from Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The evening began with an intimate reception and exhibition preview.

Exhibition sponsors: Jan and David Hardie; Charlotte and Dick McConnell; Madylon and Dean Meiling

Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych, 1971-74. Oil on wood panels, 79 1/2 x 168 inches, framed and separated. Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University.

Simon Dinnerstein, Renee, 1970. Charcoal, 25 x 39 inches. Lawrence and Irene Lezak, New York.

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