WHO: Eli Levin (aka Jo Basiste)
WHAT: “A Townie Interacts with the College on the Hill”
Lecture and Booksigning
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2007, 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Senior Common Room, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College, Santa Fe
Eli Levin (aka Jo Basiste) will be giving a lecture and signing copies of his book Santa Fe Bohemia: The Art Colony, 1964-1980 on Saturday, September 15, in the Senior Common Room of St. John’s College. In his lecture Mr. Levin will reminisce about his ties to St. John’s College, where he received a Master’s in Liberal Arts in 1991, and explain how these memories reflect his mental odyssey since his arrival in Santa Fe. After a brief questions and answers session, a reception and book signing will follow in the Junior Common Room.
Eli Levin has been a realist painter throughout his career. Much of his subject matter is narrative social comment, with major work in still life, landscape, and the nude as well. Additionally, he devoted an eight-year period to interpretations of ancient Greek myth. While the greater part of Levin’s work is in the medium of egg tempera, he is prolific in oils, watercolors, and intaglio printmaking.
During his career Mr. Levin has run art galleries, written art reviews and taught art history. He is well known in Santa Fe for his open-studio hosting of a weekly drawing group that has met continuously since 1969. He also has hosted the Santa Fe Etching Club since 1980. Mr. Levin recently published his first book, Santa Fe Bohemia: The Art Colony, 1964-1980 (Sunstone Press, 2006)
This lecture is sponsored by the St. John’s College Library & Fine Arts Guild. Artist Eric Thompson will introduce the speaker.