Tuesdays, September 20, 2016; October 18, 2016; November 15, 2016; February 7, 2017; April 4, 2017; and April 18, 2017, 6:30–8 pm
5:30–6:30 pm, Reception
6:30–7:30 pm, Lecture
7:30–8 pm, Questions & Conversation
Tickets and Scholarships
The inaugural Director’s Lecture Series of 2013–2014 addressed the history and evolution of museums. In 2014–2015 we considered the birth and rise of the avant-garde. In the 2015–2016 season, we studied traditional art historical genres and their continuing resonance in the contemporary era.
This year’s series will take an entirely different approach: Each lecture will focus on a single, truly great work of art in the Albright-Knox’s collection. Some of these works, like those by Paul Gauguin, Joán Miró, and Lucas Samaras, are pillars of the collection; others are likely to become icons for future generations. The series is designed by Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Dr. Janne Sirén and presented by Dr. Sirén, Deputy Director Dr. Joe Lin-Hill, and Senior Curator Dr. Cathleen Chaffee.
Each of this season’s six lectures provides a unique opportunity to join presenters for a deep, hour-long study of a single work of art. This focus allows for close analysis of the artwork, its place in our collection, and its place in the history of art. Lectures address artistic motivation and feature rich conversations about each work’s context of production and the spirit of its time. Each lecture presents new research that argues for the work’s greatness and proposes reasons for its enduring relevance to present and future generations. We will discuss how and why the work came into the Albright-Knox’s collection, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the way museum collections are built and a celebration of the great patrons that help bring those collections into being. This year’s Director’s Lecture Series presents the story of six timely—and timeless—works of art that help define the continuing greatness of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Each lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer conversation.