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Posted on: February 23, 2018

Legislator Flotteron Supports Art Exhibit of African American Artist Hosted at Touro College

Touro IAC Event

Legislator Steven J. Flotteron recently attended an art exhibit hosted at Touro Law Center in Bay Shore for the collection of William Henry Johnson. Islip Arts Council Executive Director Lynda Moran worked with the Smithsonian Museum Archives in bringing this representation of Johnson’s many periods of African American art to Suffolk County.


Johnson was an artist who made use of a primitive style of painting to depict the experience of African-Americans during the 1930s and '40s. After deciding to pursue his dreams as an artist, he attended the National Academy of Design in New York and met his mentor, Charles Webster Hawthorne. After graduating, Johnson moved to Paris, traveled throughout Europe and was exposed to new kinds of artistic creations and artists. Upon his return to the United States, Johnson used a primitive style of painting in conjunction with what was considered a "folk" style, using bright colors and two-dimensional figures. He spent his final 23 years of life in a mental hospital in Central Islip, New York, where he died in 1970.


The selected artwork will be on exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Law Center along with an exhibit of the history of the CI Hospital prepared by Islip Town Historian George Munkenbeck and is open to the public.


Pictured (L-R): Director of the Jewish Law Institute Professor Samuel J. Levine; Town of Islip Clerk Olga H. Murray; First Baptist Church of Bay Shore Deacon Irving Toliver; Islip Town Historian George Munkenbeck; First Baptist Church of Bay Shore Deacon James Corrigans; Executive Director Islip Arts Council Lynda Moran; Dean of Touro Law Center Harry Ballan; Suffolk County Legislator Steven J. Flotteron and NYS Office of Mental Health Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner.

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