The early 1940s in New York was the site of important interactions between European art and artists and the origins of what would later be termed “American-type” painting and sculpture. Through close looking and discussion, join us to explore several significant encounters between “pure psychic automatism,” dream imagery, abstraction, and the found object in American art around 1940.

Join us for lively conversations and engaging activities, facilitated by Museum educators, that offer insightful and unusual ways to engage with collections and special exhibitions.

Groups meet in the galleries noted on the schedule. Gallery Sessions are free for members and Museum admission ticket holders. No registration is required.

FM headsets for sound amplification are available for all talks.

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  1. Friday, February 19,
    1:30 p.m.

    Floor 5, Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 12

  2. Monday, January 4,
    1:30 p.m.

    Floor 5, Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 12

  3. Monday, July 6, 2015,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

  4. Tuesday, June 16, 2015,
    1:30 p.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

  5. Sunday, December 21, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

  6. Tuesday, December 9, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

  7. Saturday, November 1, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

  8. Sunday, October 19, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

  9. Wednesday, September 24, 2014,
    1:30 p.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

  10. Sunday, August 31, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

  11. Friday, August 29, 2014,
    1:30 p.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

  12. Saturday, July 26, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 4, Painting and Sculpture II, Gallery 15

This event is part of Gallery Sessions.