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Schanker's Photo Scrapbook
Trip to Europe (circa 1930,) to Study Art in Spain, France and Italy. He was a student at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and studied mural painting in Italy. Fellow passenger Charles Logasa was also a modern artist.
During the 1940's Schanker's first studio outside of New York City was in the upstate artists colony near Sugarloaf Mountain
Schanker purchased an 100 year old farm house on Madison Street in Sag Harbor around 1949 when he and other artists established a colony in the Hamptons. Schanker loved working, sailing, and fishing on the East End. He frequently car topped his kayak to sail and fish off Long Beach in Sag Harbor.
Relaxing at "Dune House" (c 1970.) In 1959 Lou married the blues singer, Libby Holman. They summered in their East Hampton home until his death in 1981. One of Lou's bronze sculptures can be seen at the entrance contrasted against the Atlantic ocean in the background. Guests stayed at the farmhouse in Sag Harbor where Schanker still maintained a studio until 1975 when he sold it.
During the years in the Hamptons, Lou and Libby participated in the life of both the art
Herman Cherry, artist and poet, relaxes at Dune House, probably after one of their frequent tennis matches. Many of Schanker's artist friends such as Ilya Bolotowsky, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb and
Celebrities Backstage at John Drew Theater,
Among other venues,
Louis Schanker, Libby Holman and Coretta King
Coretta and Lou on the East Hampton beach
Libby and Coretta join in the
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and others from the Zen center of San Franciso
Cover of Hamptons Bohemia, 2002, by Helen A. Harrison and
Schanker taught at the American Artists School, The Educational Alliance and the New School for Social Research. He retired after 15 years as a full professor in the art department at Bard College
Louis Schanker and Teddy Kollek, long time Mayor of Jerusalem, during 1977 tour of the Israel Museum
|For the last 20 years of his life Schanker divided his work between a town house on 121 E 61st in Manhattan and his studios in Connecticut and at Dune House in East Hampton. The Stamford Studio was built on a hill overlooking the main house on the grounds of Treetops, (shown in the picture on the left,) the estate which Libby Holman had built in 1938. At this expansive estate she hosted many notables of the theatrical community including Paul and Jane Bowles, Montgomery Clift, Roddy McDowell, Ethel Merman, Frank Sinatra, Eli Wallach, Alec Wilder and Tennessee Williams. She was an ardent suppporter of George McGovern and a major supporter of Martin Luther King and the civil rights and antiwar movements. Each Spring she hosted an open house for the public to view thousands of her beloved daffodils planted on the estate.|
Right - Invitation, Libby amid the daffodils in the 1960's.
Left - Lou and Libby Circa 1965. Behind them are family photos. Libby is wearing a Schanker sculpture.
. Here Schanker is pictured with other local artists who met periodically at each others studios. Schanker's studio is now the home of the Treetops Chamber Music Society.
|Schanker preparing for an exhibition|
of his works in the 1960's
|Schanker printing his own woodblocks |
at the studio in the 1970's
| Artist Peter Grippi sculpting a bust of Schanker in the Treetops studio. (Photo (c) Dorothy Levitt Beskind, courtesy of the Dorothy Levitt Beskind Film and Photographic Archive.)|
|Schanker on the rear deck of the 61st Manhattan|
townhouse at the age of 74 (1977)
Lou Siegel, the webmaster for this webpage, is the nephew of Louis Schanker.
|Here he treats me to my first trip on a sailing kayak at Long Beach in Sag Harbor in 1950.||In 1971 I took him out on my own boat from |
the same beach in Sag Harbor, Long Island.
|In 2008 I spoke to a group at a|
showing of Schanker's works in
the remodeled Treetops Studio
in Stamford Connecticut.
*Smithsonian interview *biography*students*
* current showings *