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Director's Lecture Series 2014–2015, Lecture 6—“1980–2010: Global Trends”

By Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Dr. Janne Sirén, Deputy Director Dr. Joe Lin-Hill, and Curator Dr. Cathleen Chaffee

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7–8:30 pm

Cathleen Chaffee, Janne Sirén, and Joe Lin-Hill with Clyfford Still’s 1951-E, 1951 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Gift of the artist, 1964).

Please note: This lecture was previously scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

(Complete series: Tuesdays, September 16, 2014; October 14, 2014; November 11, 2014; February 3, 2015; March 10, 2015; and April 28, 2015, 7–8:30 pm)

7–8 pm, Lecture
8–8:30 pm, Conversation with Participants

Series Price:
$500 general admission
$375 for Members
$200 for students (with valid student ID)
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Although it is common to declare that we live in an increasingly global era—a “flatter” world—there is little consensus about how to make sense of this changed environment as it relates to the world of art and artists. This lecture will weigh a number of different approaches to understanding global trends in art. In particular, the discussion will contextualize the relationship between such “new” international voices and the rich historical tradition of modernism and the avant-garde addressed throughout the lecture series. 

A reception will follow this final lecture.


Following the overwhelming success of the 2013–2014 inaugural Director’s Lecture Series, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is pleased to introduce the 2014–2015 Director’s Lecture Series, entitled “The Birth, Rise, and Evolution of Avant-Garde Art.” Six lectures will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the eighteenth-century origins and nineteenth- and twentieth-century development of the modern definition of the artist: a figure who rejects dominant cultural mores and leads the vanguard of creative and even societal transformation. The series is designed by Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Dr. Janne Sirén and presented by Dr. Sirén, as well as Deputy Director Dr. Joe Lin-Hill and Curator Dr. Cathleen Chaffee. Learn More