Dark Metropolis: Irving Norman’s Social Realism

This exhibition, produced on the occasion of what would have been Irving Norman’s 100th birthday (1906–1989), features paintings that remain as poignant and relevant today as when they were first created. Norman’s monumental paintings reflect a troubled and turbulent world. His works teem with detail, and are populated with swarming, clone-like humans. People are constricted by small urban spaces and modern technology, caught in the crunch of rush hour, and decimated by poverty and war. Shocking, revealing, and profound, the paintings aim, as Norman himself described, “to tell the truth of our time.”

Dark Metropolis is curated by Scott Shields, and is organized by the Crocker Art Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a 228-page full-color catalogue.

This exhibition was funded in part by The Judith Rothschild Foundation, Rolfe Wyer, Martin Sosin/Stratton-Petit Foundation, LEF Foundation, Estate of Moses and Ruth Helen Lasky through Morelle Lasky Levine, and Janice and Maurice Holloway. Media support provided by Juxtapoz.