Art At Noon

Only Tony

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Abby King
Gilbert Lewis (b. 1945), [Untitled], 1988 Gouache on Strathmore museum board, 40 x 30 in. The Collection of Eric Rymshaw and James Fulton, Philadelphia © Gilbert Lewis

Beloved Philadelphia artist Gilbert Lewis is a longstanding fixture of the Philadelphia art community—as an art therapist, teacher, and clerk at a local art supply store. This winter, PAFA's exhibition, Only Tony, highlights this important artist's work and focuses on his experience painting one special model, Tony.

Lewis painted Tony numerous times in the 1980s and early 1990s, documenting the fashion and culture of gay men at the time. Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton will illuminate some themes of the exhibition and will be joined by special guest, Lewis' model Anthony "Tony" Rullo for a conversation about the artist's work, legacy, and the queer culture Lewis and Rullo helped forge in Philadelphia.