150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series—When the Art World Came to New York: Abstract Expressionism
With Curator of Education Mariann Smith
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 11:15 am
FREE for Members / FREE with Gallery admission for non-members
At the end of World War II, with its death, destruction, and the resulting knowledge that mankind now had the ability to destroy itself with atomic weapons, American artists felt that representational art could no longer adequately express the mood of the times. Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and the artists who would become known as the Abstract Expressionists looked inside themselves and into the distant past to create a new way of painting that shifted the center of the art world from Paris to New York.
About the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series
This lecture series, held every two years in conjunction with the Education Department’s docent training course, will cover the history of art from the mid-nineteenth century through 2012. Curator of Education Mariann Smith and Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector will focus on works in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection as they cover both the art and the history of the past 150 years. The series continues through Saturday, March 16, 2013. Doors for all lectures open at 11 am. View Full Schedule