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Museum of Art at UNH unveils exhibition of work by Jon Imber, who battled ALS in his final years
But his expressive portraits of friends, family and acquaintances not only marked the evolution of his artistic style, but his determination after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
An art professor at Harvard University for 27 years, Imber maintained his artistic practice following his 2012 diagnosis, even re-learning to paint with his left hand as his condition worsened. He died in 2014, but more than 50 displayed works “intimately record Imber’s time with friends and family, displaying physical traces of likeness informed by memories, history, mythology and the artist’s own self-awareness,” curators said.
In conjunction with “Jon Imber: Human Interest,” and the Museum of Art’s ArtBreak series, a film screening of the documentary “Jon Imber’s Left Hand” by Richard Kane, will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 10, at noon. The screening will take place in the Paul Creative Arts Center In addition, Nicholas Capasso, director of the Fitchburg Museum, will present a gallery talk on Imber’s work, Wednesday, Oct. 1, at noon, also at the center.
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