Richmond museum to host free presentation on Victor Arnautoff

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Richmond museum to host free presentation on Victor Arnautoff
Victor Arnautoff mural (Photo by Hannah Anderson)

By Kathy Chouteau

The Richmond Museum of History & Culture will host a free presentation on the life and work of artist Victor Arnautoff called “Victor Arnautoff & Richmond Industrial City with Robert Cherny,” Sun., July 11 from 2-4 p.m. During the event, Dr. Robert Cherny, professor emeritus of history at San Francisco State University, will speak about the artist, with a special focus on the restored mural Richmond the Industrial City, created for the Richmond Post Office in 1941, per the museum.

Cherny, who specializes in U.S. history since the Civil War and the history of California and the West, has authored and co-authored more than 40 published essays and eight books, including the 2017 work Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art, said the museum. He will discuss “how the Richmond mural reflects and differs from some of the themes Arnautoff developed in earlier works,” added museum officials.

The museum’s Arnautoff presentation will be held in association with Laborfest, according to officials, who said that the annual month-long event was established to commemorate the 1934 San Francisco General Strike. During the strike, two workers, longshoreman Howard Sperry, and strike supporter Nick Bordoise were killed on July 5, now known as “Bloody Thursday.”

RSVPs are required for the free event. Click here to register. The Richmond Museum of History & Culture is located at 400 Nevin Ave. in Richmond. Call 510-235-7387 for more info.