1892 - Born December 10 in Ludvinovka, Ukraine, son of Abraham and Mary (Tafipolsky) Lozowick.
1906 - Leaves Russia and joins his brother in the United States
1907-1911 - Lives in New Jersey; supports himself with a variety of jobs while attending Barringer High School, Newark.
1912-1915 - Attends National Academy of Design, New York City
1915-1918 - Attends Ohio State University, completing his degree in three years and graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Volunteers for U.S. Army in June 1918; assigned to Medical Corps, Charleston, SC.
1919 - Discharged from army. Travels cross country, visiting Pittsburgh, Chicago, Minneapolis, and several other cities. Granted U.S. citizenship.
1922 - Moved to Berlin from Paris. Begins to paint seriously; paints first of "City" compositions and begins semiabstract ink drawings, which become known as "Machine Ornaments." Contributes articles and translations to Broom. Exhibits in the Juryfreie Kunstschau in Berlin, with the Novembergruppe at the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung, and at the International Exhibition in Düsseldorf. First one-person exhibition at K. E. Twardy Book Shop, Berlin, in June.
1923 - Makes first lithographs, Cleveland and Chicago. Second one-person exhibition at the Galerie Alfred Heller, Berlin, in August.
1924 - Returns to NYC by February. Lectures on modern Russian art for the Société Anonyme and the Educational Alliance Art School. In April, three of Lozowick's works are included in the First Zenit International Exhibition of New Art in Belgrade.
1925 - Begins painting second series of "Cities." His lectures on modern Russian art for the Société Anonyme are published. Joins the staff of the New Masses as contributing editor.
1926 - Exhibition at J.B. Neumann's New Art Circle in NYC. Designs set for Georg Kaiser's Gas. Designs window display and backdrop and platform for fashion show at Lord & Taylor department store, NY. Included in International Theatre Exhibition and in the Société Anonyme's International Exhibition of Modern Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Joins executive board of New Masses.
1927-28 - Exhibits in the Machine-Age Exposition. Leaves for Europe and USSR in connection with his one-person exhibitions in Moscow and Paris. Returns to New York in 1928.
1929 - First major one-person lithograph exhibition at the Weyhe Gallery.
1930 - Brooklyn Bridge awarded prize for lithography by Philadelphia Print Club. Summers at the Yaddo Art Colony.
1931 - City on a Rock receives prize at the International Print Competition by Cleveland Print Club. Meets Adele Turner, whom he marries later in the year.
1932 - Exhibits at Stendahl Gallery in Los Angeles and Courvoisier Galleries in San Francisco in connection with lecture tour through CA.
1933 - Included in "Social Viewpoint in Art" exhibition sponsored by John Reed Club.
1934 - Employed briefly by the Public Works of Art Project, NYC. Included in the "Revolutionary Front--1934" exhibition sponsored by the John Reed Club.
1935 - Travels to USSR. Participates in the organization of the first American Artists Congress. Employed by Graphic Arts Division of the WPA.
1936-37 - Transferred to Treasury Relief Art Project; begins work on two large paintings of Manhattan for NYC Post Office. Becomes executive secretary of the American Artists' League and delivers address at first American Artists' Congress.
1938 - Employment with WPA terminates.
1943 - Included in exhibition American Realists and Magic Realists at MoMA, NYC. His son Lee born in November.
1945 - Moves to South Orange, NJ.
1948 - Nuns of Wall Street awarded prize by Rochester Print Club. For the next decade, works independently; lectures, writes, and travels extensively while participating in group exhibitions.
1960 - Included in "The Precisionist View in American Art" exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
1961 - One-person exhibition at the Zabriskie Gallery, NYC.
1962-71 - Travels extensively
1972 - Major retrospective of his lithographs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.
1973 - Important one-person exhibition at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. Dies September 9 in South Orange, NJ.
This timeline was adapted from Virginia Marquardt's book, Survivor from a Dead Age. For full timeline, see "Marquardt, Virginia, ed. Survivor From a Dead Age. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.
Louis Lozowick, Self-Portrait in Spring, 1943.
Elsewhere on this website, Dr. Petra Chu writes of Louis Lozowick's artistic medium--lithography--in "Lozowick and Lithography". Dr. Jürgen Heinrichs writes of Lozowick's activism portrayed in his lithographs in "Labor Strife and Lynch Law: Louis Lozowick's Aesthetic Activism".
For more information about Louis Lozowick, the Archives of American Art have digitized their Lozowick collection which includes correspondence, photographs, and drawings, among other archival documentation.