Many people visiting the Lincoln Memorial find that the closer they get to the famous seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, the more palpable the memorial’s emotional and historic aura. How was this awe-inspiring work created? In Monument Man, Harold Holzer reveals the man behind the sculpture: Daniel Chester French. It’s a story Holzer is uniquely qualified to tell: He spent 23 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while also becoming a nationally-recognized authority on Abraham Lincoln—work which he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In discussing French’s art and legacy, Holzer will bring us new insights into the artist responsible for creating many of America’s most powerful and enduring monuments, including a surprising range of both existing and lost sculptures crafted for Chicago.
This program is presented as part of the ongoing Terra Foundation Series on American Art at the Chicago Humanities Festival. To reserve tickets, visit https://www.chicagohumanities.org/events/harold-holzer-daniel-chester-french/