Kirchner and the Berlin Street
Monday, September 29, 2008, 12:30 p.m.
Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.
This lecture provides an overview of Kirchner and the Berlin Street. The exhibition brings together German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's renowned Street Scenes series, created between 1913 and 1915. Considered by many to be the highpoint of Kirchner's career as a whole, this series dates from Kirchner's Berlin period, when the effect of life in the metropolis brought about a dramatic change in his work. Shown together for the first time in New York, these works exude the vitality, decadence, and underlying mood of imminent danger that characterized Berlin on the eve of World War I.
Lecturer Gretchen L. Wagner (MA, Williams College) is a curatorial assistant in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at MoMA.
In conjunction with the exhibition Kirchner and the Berlin Street
Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.
To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.