Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On the Front Lines

On the last day we made it to the League’s On the Front Lines: Military Veterans at The Art Students League of New York.  

Julio Girona, Farmer and Soldier, 1940, lithograph

Besides the exhibition itself, curator Jillian Russo included the names of 3751 men and 174 women who served in the military and who either taught or studied at the League.  Julio Girona and Edward Laning are among them. 

Edward Laning, Conte Biancamano, 1949, ink drawing

The SS Conte Biancamano was an Italian ocean liner built in Scotland in 1925. In 1941 she was seized by the US Navy and used for military transport under the name USS Hermitage. In 1947 she was returned to the Italian Line; her last voyage was in 1960.