A chronicler of our times, Gourfain portrays the human struggle and makes vivid comment on social injustice in America. His 1994 large-scale bronze sculpture "Powerful Days" features images from milestones in African American history. His dramatic narratives also often weave in themes and songs from the work of James Joyce, exemplified by the 1990 woodblock print "Finnegan’s Wake."
Trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gourfain has exhibited his work at the Brooklyn Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and the Jewish Museum in New York, among others. The Elvehjem (now Chazen) Museum’s exhibition is the first major showing of Gourfain’s work since a presentation at the Brooklyn Museum in 1987.
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