Picasso in Pollock

Through October 31

Free with museum admission, which is by advance reservation.
Unvaccinated adults and children are required to wear masks indoors and outside.
From the late 1930s through the end of his career, Pollock responded to many aspects of Picasso’s oeuvre. The exhibition, a hybrid of actual works and replicas, traces those influences in key examples, including the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center’s Pollock painting, Untitled (Composition with Red Arc and Horses), ca. 1938, which contains a motif adapted from Picasso’s 1937 mural, Guernica.
A dedicated website with an essay by the distinguished scholar Pepe Karmel and a 3D tour of the installation, hosted by Artland, supplement the exhibition, which is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Singer Foundation, and a research grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. 
Public programming for “Picasso in Pollock” is made possible by Dorothy Lichtenstein, the Thaw Charitable Trust Endowment, the Herman Goldman Foundation, and the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University.
Lichtenstein Lectures
Sundays at 5 p.m. on Zoom, in conjunction with “Picasso in Pollock”
Free. Registration required.
Made possible by a generous contribution from Dorothy Lichtenstein.
August 1
Pepe Karmel, New York University
“Arabesque: Figure and Ground in Picasso and Pollock”
Clement Greenberg famously described “all-over” composition–the continuous web of interlacing lines–as an innovation of the 1940s, but it can be traced back to Pablo Picasso’s pictures of 1924-26. Pepe will discuss the evolution of the arabesque from carpet design to Picasso to Pollock and beyond.
Pepe Karmel, an Associate Professor of Art History at New York University and an Associate Curator at the Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain, is currently a Leonard A. Lauder Distinguished Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His many publications include the award-winning Jackson Pollock, co-authored with Kirk Varnedoe (1998), which accompanied the Pollock retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and most recently Abstract Art: A Global History (2020).
August 22
Michael FitzGerald, Trinity College
“American Artists’ Responses to Picasso After Mid-Century”
After outlining key moments in the development of U.S. artists’ responses to Picasso during the first half of the 20th century, Michael will focus on Americans’ involvement with Picasso’s art and reputation in the context of global issues about the relevance of Picasso’s work to contemporary art.
Michael FitzGerald is a Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and the research director of the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso par el Arte in Brussles, Belgium. Among his studies of Picasso’s contributions to contemporary art, two exhibitions are particularly relevant to this lecture: “Picasso and American Art,” (2005, Whitney Museum of American Art) and “Post-Picasso” (2014, Museu Picasso Barcelona). 
August 29
Philip Rylands, President and CEO,
The Society of the Four Arts
“Picasso and Pollock in
Peggy Guggenheim’s Collection”
Peggy Guggenheim not only helped to launch Pollock’s career, but by exhibiting his work alongside 20th century masters such as Picasso, she helped to establish his position in the continuity of modernism. Philip will show paintings by both artists and chronicle relevant exhibitions between 1942 and 1950.
Philip Rylands was the founding administrator and director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, and serves as its Director Emeritus. His publications include Flying the Flag for Art: The United States and the Venice Biennale, 1895–1991 (1993, with Enzo Di Martino), Peggy Guggenheim and Frederick Kiesler: The Story of Art of This Century (ed. with Susan Davidson, 2004), and periodic reviews, including those for the Burlington Magazine. 

Portrait and a Dream

A New Opera by Brian Petuch


Saturday, August 7 at 6 p.m.
A workshop production, live at the Arts Center at Duck Creek,
performed by the new music ensemble Contemporaneous.
Free. No reservations required. Rain date August 8.
Inspired by Pollock’s 1953 painting of the same title, composer Brian Petuch‘s “Portrait and a Dream” builds a musical imagining of the creative life of this compelling artist. Electronic music blends with acoustic instruments and vocals–including excerpts from the Pollock-Krasner Study Center’s oral history collection–to present an evocative sense of Pollock’s place in both the present and the past.
Manuel Borja-Villel received his PhD in Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. A former director of the Antoni Tàpies Foundation and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona,he has been the director of the Museo Reina Sofía since 2008. Alongside research into the new forms institutions can take, an important part of his work at the Museo Reina Sofía focuses on the development and reorganization of the collection, and changing the way the works are shown.
Marburger Memorial Lecture
Sunday, August 15 at 5 p.m. on Zoom
Manuel Borja-Villel, Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
“Visions of Guernica”
Picasso’s Guernica (1937) is the cornerstone of the Museo Reina Sofía Collection: its jewel, the most sought after piece. The danger of falling into a one-way narrative that necessarily ends with the notion of “masterpiece” and all it implies is evident. To avoid this, the museum decided to revise its interpretation, as Manuel will explain.
Free. Registration required.
Made possible by the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University.

Seeing Past the Future

Online through August 31
Organized by Shimon Attie and Norman L. Kleeblattt, assisted by Talya Feldman, the exhibition features the work of 29 artists who received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation since the onset of COVID-19.
Your support is sincerely appreciated
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Those wishing to donate in memory of our founding director, Meg Perlman, should send checks made out to Stony Brook Fdn / PK to the Pollock-Krasner House, 830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937, with Meg’s name in the subject line.
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