Gagnon Museum presents first exhibition

Echo staff report

The Charles E. Gagnon Museum and Sculpture Garden is presenting its first exhibition, ìLipchitz in the Gagnon Museum,î which runs Dec. 8 through March 16.

This exhibition features a portfolio of 20 drawings prompted by Jacques Lipchitzís experiences as a Jewish artist in Nazi-occupied France. Lipchitz was an influential sculptor who co-founded the Cubism movement with Pablo Picasso

In 1941, Lipchitz escaped to America aided by the Museum of Modern Art bringing with him only two items: the portfolio of 20 drawings and his sculpture, Benediction. While living in New York, Lipchitz and Gagnon formed a close friendship built upon their mutual dedication of expression and of recording history. The classical art and Greek mythology themes as applied to 20th century events provide a new perspective on history.

The museum encourages visitors to go to its website,, to schedule a tour of the permanent collection of Gagnon and the Lipschitz exhibition. The mentor-student relationship shared by Lipchitz and Gagnon supports the museumís mission in providing an educational opportunity. Students are offered a reduced admission fee of $5 for this exhibition.

For more information, call (507) 282-5202, email at

The Charles E. Gagnon Museum and Sculpture Garden is located at 2500 Fourth St. SW in Rochester.