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Lyric Truth - The paintings of Rosemarie Beck

February 10, 2015

The stunning paintings of Rosemarie Beck, daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants and aunt of Lewis & Clark Professor of Music Nora Beck, will be displayed at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall concurrently with her drawings at Helzer Art Gallery at Portland Community College, Rock Creek, and her embroideries at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

A symposium at Portland State University will take place on March 5 at which Nora Beck will deliver a paper entitled “The Greenest Meadow of a Minuet” as part of the Scholarly Panel. Rosemarie Beck was a fine violinist and included images of string players in her paintings.

The symposium schedule is listed below, and all events will be held in Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave.

10 a.m.

Scholarly Panel: Nora Beck “The Greenest Meadow of a Minuet” - Room 115


Docent-led tours of Lincoln Hall Exhibit - Broadway Lobby Gallery

1:30 p.m.

Interpretations and Readings: Literary Themes in Beck - Room 115

5 p.m.  

Docent-led tours of Lincoln Hall - Broadway Lobby Gallery

6 p.m.  

Reception and performance by PSU string quartet - Broadway Lobby Gallery

7 p.m. 

Keynote Speaker: Samantha Baskind - Lincoln Recital Hall
The Sara Glasgow Cogan Memorial Lecture in Judaic Studies
Baskind is a professor of art history at Cleveland State University.


Collected by the Whitney, Corcoran and Hirshhorn museums, Rosemarie Beck (1923-2003) was an American modernist painter who studied with Philip Guston and Robert Motherwell in New York City. Best known for her figurative works, Beck also taught at Vassar College and Queens College for many years. These exhibitions will introduce Pacific Northwest audiences to the artist for the first time. A symposium featuring a scholarly panel, dramatic readings, and music will be held on March 5th at Portland State University in Lincoln Hall. The lecture, presented by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies in conjunction with PSU’s College of the Arts, is titled “Rosemarie Beck’s Multiple Identities: A Woman, Jew, and Artist in Post-War New York. Lewis & Clark’s James W. Rogers Professor of Music, Nora Beck, will deliver a paper at the symposium entitled “The Greenest Meadow of a Minuet.” Professor Beck will also speak at the Lewis & Clark College Gender Studies Symposium on March 12th in a panel discussion: “History and Public History in an Artist’s Work: A Roundtable on Rosemarie Beck.” For the full schedule, please visit the Gender Studies Symposium page.  

A blog documenting the process of gathering Rosemarie’s work has been created:
Lyric Truth: Paintings, Drawings and Embroideries by Rosemarie Beck: A Preview

Save the Dates: 

  •  Embroideries at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education:
    January 14 - March 22nd  
  • Paintings at Broadway Lobby Gallery, Lincoln Hall,  Portland State University:
    February 18th - May 3rd  
  • Drawings at Helzer Art Gallery at Portland Community College, Rock Creek:
    February 9 - March 13th
  • Symposium, Reception, and Sara Glasgow Cogan Memorial Lecture, Lincoln Hall, Portland State University - James W. Rogers Professor of Music, Nora Beck will deliver a paper at the symposium entitled “The Greenest Meadow of a Minuet.” March 5th


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