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Atlantic Records founder’s art collection on view at St. John’s Mitchell Gallery

| March 07, 2015, 01:06 PM | 1 Comment

mitchellgalleryThe Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College invites the community to the exhibition, “An Ear for Music, an Eye for Art: Selections from the Ahmet Ertegün Collection” on view from March 11 through April 19. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is organized by The Baker Museum of Artis—Naples. As part of the opening reception, Art Educator Lucinda Edinburg will lead a tour of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop. Families are welcome to the opening reception, which will be held on March 22 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

For more information: 410-626-2556 or

This exhibition presents modernist works from the Baker Museum’s largest and most significant single collection, amassed by the late Ahmet Ertegün (St. John’s College alumnus, Class of 1944), the Turkish American musician and businessman best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records. Throughout his impressive career, Ertegün built an extraordinary collection of pre-1940 American abstract art that reflects his inimitable approach to assembling subjects and themes. Works by Werner Drewes, John Ferren, Vaclav Vytlacil, Dwinell Grant, Ilya Bolotowsky, Burgoyne Diller and Albert Swinden, among others, will be included.

Exhibition related events:

March 26 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Ahmet Ertegün Collection” followed by a discussion of “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by James Joyce, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be led by Barbara Goyette, vice president of St. John’s College. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2556.

March 31 Seminar. St. John’s tutor David Townsend and artist Ebby Malmgren will lead a seminar related to the exhibition at 7 p.m. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556 to register.

April 8 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “Ahmet Ertegün Collection” from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

April 19 Sunday Afternoon Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Ahmet Ertegün Collection” at 3 p.m.

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