February 23, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Masterpiece Lecture Series: Glenn D. Lowry: From Les Demoiselles d’Avignon to Pour Your Body Out (7354 cubic meters): Two Takes
Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, will examine the changing nature of the masterpiece in modern art beginning with Pablo Picasso’s celebrated painting of 1907 and concluding with Pipilotti Rist’s triumphal installation at The Museum of Modern Art of 2008. How, in a world of uncertainty and constantly shifting notions of what constitutes a work of art, can we identify “masterpieces;” what are the criteria by which we can make these judgments; and who makes them today, are among the questions that will be explored. Lowry will also delve into competing views and ideas about whether or not it even makes sense, as we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, to talk about masterpieces today.
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