Satirical Opera: Abraham Rattner, The Beggar’s Opera and Jack Levine, The Threepenny Opera
CENTRAL GALLERIES, WORKS ON PAPER
October 2 – December 30, 2016
This exhibition presents Rattner’s print portfolio, The Beggar’s Opera, alongside his contemporary Jack Levine’s portfolio, The Threepenny Opera. The Beggars Opera is a ballad opera written in 1728 by John Gay. A ballad opera is a musical play that includes elements of formal opera, but employs satire to denounce politics, poverty and injustice. For example, The Beggars Opera focuses on the theme of corruption at all levels of society. The Threepenny Opera is an adaptation of The Beggar’s Opera written by Bertolt Brecht in 1928.