Sep 28 2023

Eugene Iverd and the Golden Age of Illustration

Tony Machi ’70, an award-winning multimedia artist and writer, will discuss his 1982 production, “Eugene Iverd and the Golden Age of Illustration,” at 7 p.m. September 28 in Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Scot Cinema.

The film is a PBS docudrama on 1930s artist and illustrator Eugene Iverd. Iverd, an art teacher in Erie, Pennsylvania, would come to have his work grace the covers of the Saturday Evening Post. Edinboro Professor Emeritus James Vredevoogd was cast as Iverd in tbe production.

Machi earned a degree from Edinboro in art education and is the owner and vice president of Machi & Machi Communications, Inc. in Webster, New York, outside of Rochester. His exhibit, “Passionately Curious,” is currently on display at the Erie Art Museum and follows his journey as a performance artist and documentarian.

Beginning with his time as an Edinboro student in the late 60s, the exhibit incorporates his photographs, mixed media works, sculptures and films alongside works of artists who inspired him, including Erie’s own Eugene Iverd, renowned artists Wendell Castle and Albert Paley, and pop artist Andy Warhol.

Machi will speak about the film, his exhibition and publication. His book is part memoir and part art history, chronicling who and what inspired him in his formative years to become an artist as an art student at the tail end of the turbulent American 1960s. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event and can be found online.