Monday, January 28, 2013

Prohibition Portraits for Art In The Age

Smedley Butler was an ex-marine war hero hired to lead the charge against bootleggers in Philly. His methods included mowing down rum-runners in the streets with sawed off shotguns and raiding the Union League. He was fired in less than a year. Sort of brings to mind Nelson Van Alden of Boardwalk Empire.

Also included are portraits of Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia doctor considered to be the "grandfather of the temperance movement", and Jewish gangster Max "Boo Boo" Hoff, boxing promoter and "king of the bootleggers". 

These will be on display along with all sorts of other Philly bootlegging memorabilia at Art In The Age of Prohibition, opening this friday in collaboration with the National Constitution Center's Prohibition Exhibit.

Art in the Age of Prohibition
January 22-February 24, Opening Reception, Friday, February 1, 6-8 p.m.
Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street

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