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The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond at the Lorenzo Cultural Center examines visual art and science fiction of the 1940s

– Friday, April 8, 2016 12:00AM

As part of its ongoing program series, The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond, the Lorenzo Cultural Center this month offers presentations about visual art and science fiction of the decade.

  • The End and the Beginning: Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, April 13, 11 a.m.:  In the 1940s, American art underwent a radical transformation resulting in the decline of realist painting and the rise of abstract expressionism. Michael J. Farrell, University of Windsor art history professor and founder and director of Art House Lectures & Tours, illustrates this change through a focus on the relationship between and the art of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock.

  • Posters and Patriotism, April 23, 10 a.m.: Posters were used to help inspire patriotism during World War II. Participants will view the propaganda poster display from the Detroit Historical Society before creating a poster to take home that illustrates their love of the country today.

  • Look! Up in the Sky: A History of Science Fiction during the 1940s, April 23, 1 p.m.:   Donald Ramlow, political science instructor at Western Michigan University, will highlight science fiction of the decade, including  films, authors and magazines, as well as personal anecdotes from those involved in science fiction of the 1940s.

The 1940s, which continues through May 7, offers nearly 40 presentations, performances and films, as well as exhibits, exploring this decade of radical transformation.  The exhibits in the cultural center’s 8,500-square-foot Discovery Hall are also free to view and don’t require pre-registration to visit.  The Lorenzo Cultural Center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursdays. School and group tours are available. 

Exhibits include Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters of World War II, which features World War II-era posters chosen for their graphic appeal and representation of diverse themes such as military recruitment, patriotism, conservation and security.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road (at Hall Road), in Clinton Township.  For more about The 1940s program series, visit

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