2022 05 11
Harold Holzer: The Lincoln Memorial at 100, an American icon revisited
skylight gallery
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D A T E

May 11, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

L O C A T I O N

Skylight gallery

S P O N S O R

Salmagundi Library Committee and Chesterwood: the historic home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French

A D M I S S I O N

Open to the public
Seating limited to 100

$25 | General admission
$15 | Salmagundi members with promo code

The member-only promo code is sent in an email to all members, and can also be requested by contacting info@salmagundi.org

$45 + tax (no tip) for prix fixe dinner; includes wine
Dinner reservations are separate from lecture and required, as seating is limited.


For waiting list, please contact Alexander Katlan at (718) 445-7458 or alexkatlan@aol.com

Sculptor Daniel Chester French’s masterpiece—America’s best-known and largest free-standing statue—was unveiled 100 years ago in May 1922. In this centennial talk, French’s biographer Harold Holtzer discusses the origins of the extraordinary project—the sculptor’s relentless political and artistic planning to ensure that his vision was fulfilled—and its grand but flawed dedication. And the talk traces the evolution of the Lincoln Memorial into a national icon, a staging ground for social change and government succession, and a “canvas” that has inspired future generations of artists.

This talk is germane to anyone interested in the creative endeavor of American sculptors, the Civil War Era and Abraham Lincoln.

Introduction by Rufus Collins and Salmagundi’s program chairman Liz Beard.

Harold Holzer, who served as Chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and co-chair of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, has authored, co-authored, and edited 55 books, including The Lincoln Image, Lincoln on Democracy, Lincoln: President-Elect, and Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America, the official young reader’s companion book to the Spielberg film Lincoln, for which Harold served as script consultant. He has written more than 600 articles for popular and scholarly publications, and chapters or introductions in 60 additional volumes. Holzer’s 2014 book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press, won the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize and five additional awards.

His latest books are Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French (2019) and The Presidents vs. the Press (2020). A frequent guest on TV and a popular lecturer who has partnered with such actors as Sam Waterston at venues including the White House, Harold earned a 2008 National Humanities Medal from President Bush. Following 23 years as Senior Vice President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, he has served since 2015 as Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Before becoming Forum Chairman in 2018, Harold served for more than 20 years as founding Vice-Chairman. Harold and his wife, Edith, live in Rye, NY. They have two grown daughters and two grandsons.