About the Play
The Hampton Years explores the relationship between art professor Viktor Lowenfeld and his students, John Biggers and Samella Lewis. Lowenfeld joined the Hampton Institute in Virginia in 1939 as assistant professor of Industrial Arts and studio art teacher. Burgeoning artist John Biggers, who went on to become an internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, teacher and philosopher, was his student. As was Samella Lewis, artist, printmaker and educator, with whom Lowenfeld had a contentious, but respectful relationship. The Hampton Years examines the impact of World War II on Jewish refugees living in the United States and their role in shaping the lives and careers of African American students in the segregated south.
Presented by Florida International University's Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment in collaboration with FIU's Department of Theatre and GableStage, a staged reading of THE HAMPTON YEARS will take place on Monday, October 20th at 7:00pm as part of the Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow exhibit. Click here to learn more.