Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937
Thursday, December 11, 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 Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927–1937. Long regarded as Surrealism's most lyrical painter, Miró made the notorious declaration in 1927, "I want to assassinate painting." Taking this concept as a starting point, the exhibition begins with the artist's remarkable collage avant la lettre series on unprimed canvas and concludes with his return to realism. Miró's "tactics of aggression" included acidic color, grotesque disfigurement, stylistic heterogeneity, and the use of resistant, readymade materials. This lecture illuminates an underappreciated period of the Miró's career through paintings, collages, objects, and drawings.
Lecturer Adele Nelson (PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA.
Lecturer Rhys Conlon (MA candidate, Hunter College) is an administrative assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA.
In conjunction with the exhibition Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927–1937
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.