Restoring Humanity: The Interconnectedness of Life Is Illustrated in Shimmering Glass Tiles

Mosaic_11-1024x630It has been 47 years since Ben Shahn’s mosaic Peabody—1968 was dedicated in the Hobbs Human Development Laboratory on what was then the campus of George Peabody College for Teachers. The effort to commission Shahn, an artist well known for his advocacy for the poor, was spearheaded by Susan Gray, professor of psychology, emerita, and an advocate for children, particularly those held back developmentally by poverty. She met Shahn in 1965, the same year the John F. Kennedy Center was established at Peabody. Knowing about his concern for the poor and dispossessed, “I thought I’d get up my nerve and ask him if he’d be interested in doing something for us,” she said in a 1990 interview, two years before her death. Read more

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