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A Family Show at the Burrison
October 30, 2007, Volume 54, No. 10


“Forsythia,” by Susan Davis, one of the paintings in the new show at the Burrison Gallery.

The Burrison Gallery presents In the Style of Jackson Pollock: A Family Exhibition of paintings from October 29 until December 15.

Dr. James (Jim) C. Davis, professor emeritus of history, who taught here from 1960 to 1994, organized two “Pollock Painting Parties” in his backyard. At these happenings, three generations of his family paid their respects to the late Jackson Pollock by painting in what is more or less the Pollock style. This exhibition is the result. Three family members and artists are Penn alumni: David Davis ’79, John Lally ’82, and Miriam Davis Lally ’82. The others are their spouses or their children.

The exhibition is a whole-family production. There are 13 ‘artists’: Jim and his wife Elda; their three children, David, Daniel, and Miriam; their childen’s spouses, Susan (David’s wife), Yvonne (Daniel’s wife), and John (Miriam’s husband); David and Susan’s two children, Nathan and Leah; and Miriam and John’s three children, Kevin, Lauren, and Kristen. Each painting was done by a single artist, and each of the 13 artists will be represented by one or, in most cases, two paintings.

A reception will be held at the Burrison Gallery on Friday, November 2 from 5-7 p.m.


Almanac - October 30, 2007, Volume 54, No. 10