April 4, 2013 by smithartonline
The memorial and art exhibit for Bob Hansen took place on the 29th at Occidental College. There were plenty of stories to share and a few tears were shed: all in all a good send-off. We were surrounded by art and, if you have the opportunity to drop by Oxy before the 21st of April, you may also enjoy a little piece of Bob Hansen’s artistic vision.
Interestingly, Bob was something of a campus radical in his early years…rather a surprise to me in that he seemed the staid and formal professor of art. Apparently in the 1950’s, he and Cliff Kroeber of the History Department went to Mexico and returned with, of all things, beards. This was definitely not in keeping with the grooming standards of the college, but they stood their ground and the beards stayed. Obviously this was the opening of the floodgates of the 60s radicalism. (By the way, he would never tolerate being called “professor” by anyone. He considered it ostentatious)
In attendance were a few of us students from the 60s to 70s, and a goodly number of professors who taught us during those years. Of particular note was Ernest Rosenthal who is the last of our art teachers left. He taught us printing arts and was well revered, as was Bob. Now Mr. Rosenthal is a writer of verse.
A rather nice portrait Bob painted of Miggie in 1950. I am glad her presence was at the exhibition through this work.
I hope that when the reaper knocks on my door, there are people left who will also be able to share a few good stories, be surrounded by art and will lift the parting glass to me.
Sleep well my friend.