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Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture: Mary Abell on Leo Manso


Learn more about Leo Manso: Collages and Other Works, on view at PAAM July 2, 2021 – October 17, 2021.

Art historian Mary Abell will discuss the Leo Manso exhibition at PAAM. Leo Manso (1914-1993) was a significant artist and educator in both New York and Provincetown art circles and helped to foster Provincetown’s reputation as a major art colony. He was the primary force in organizing two important cooperative galleries in Provincetown: the 256 Gallery (1951-1957) and Long Point Gallery (1976-1998), the longest-lived and most influential artist-run gallery in Provincetown’s rich history. Manso and the painter Victor Candell established the Provincetown Workshop (1958-1976), which became what the artist historian Dorothy Gees Seckler described in a 1965 interview for the Archives of American Art as “easily recognized as the most important school at this time” in Provincetown.

Using interview clips from the Archives of American Art, Mary Abell will guide the audience through the past, discussing Leo Manso’s work and his influence on American art history.

About the Fredi Schiff Levin Lectures:

In its 18th year, the Fredi Schiff Levin lecture series welcomes artists, art historians, curators, and authors to speak at PAAM, both in conjunction with exhibitions and as independent scholars. The lecture series was established in honor of artist Fredi Schiff Levin, an active member of Provincetown’s arts community from the 1960s until her passing in 2002. We extend our deepest gratitude to the Levin family, who graciously sponsors this series, and to Amy Davies and Provincetown Television for filming the series.


August 24, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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