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Dox to Light: The Life and Works of Dox Thrash Opening Reception

Join Fleisher Art Memorial and the McIntosh Rollins Foundation for the opening reception of Dox to Light: The Life and Works of Dox Thrash Friday, October 20, 6–8pm, featuring live performance by celebrated jazz musicians Robert Kenyatta and Alfie Pollitt!

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Dox to Light: The Life and Works of Dox Thrash

On view October 20 – November 17, 2023
Dene M. Louchheim Galleries
Fleisher Art Memorial

Dox to Light: The Life and Works of Dox Thrash features early sketches, prints, and more experimental pieces from Dox Thrash’s later years. In addition to highlighting the evolution of Thrash’s style and technique, the collection illustrates his critical role as a mentor and friend to an entire generation of up-and-coming artists, and his centrality as a community organizer.

This exhibition is made possible through a collaboration with the McIntosh Rollins Foundation, which manages the collection of Dr. Esther Rollins and David McIntosh. The collection is a unique amalgamation of works by Dox Thrash, privately gifted to a family that the artist counted among his closest friends. For the McIntosh Rollins family, Thrash’s art punctuated their lives in a formative way. In sharing this collection with the public for the first time, they offer an intimate opportunity to experience its collective impact.

Fleisher presents this exhibition as part of its 125th anniversary year programming to highlight its mission of providing art access to Philadelphians regardless of artistic ability or economic means. Thrash’s legacy serves as an enduring inspiration for artists at all stages of their creative pursuits, including many who frequent Fleisher’s classrooms and studios to this day.

Dox to Light: The Life and Works of Dox Thrash is made possible by the generous support of the Edna W. Andrade Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation. The exhibition is organized by the McIntosh Rollins Foundation in collaboration with Fleisher Art Memorial, with contributions from Dolan/Maxwell.

Image: Dox Thrash, Grinder (detail), c. 1940, carborundum mezzotint, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, courtesy of the McIntosh Rollins Foundation.