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In conjunction with the exhibition Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris (February 24 - April 25, 2010), the Museum presents a series of lectures, films, children's programs, and audio tours to enrich and enhance audiences’ understanding of Picasso’s work and his influence on artists such as Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, and Salvador Dalí.

Distinguished lecturers from the Museum staff and the local, national, and international academic communities help visitors explore topics related to the Museum’s collections and current exhibitions.
Ticket required; free after Museum admission. Free for art and art history students from select area art schools.

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris
Friday, March 5, 6:00 p.m., Van Pelt Auditorium
Michael Taylor, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, takes us behind the scenes of Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris. His lecture follows the trajectory of Picasso’s career from his early experiments with abstraction to his pioneering role in the development of Cubism, as well as his dialogue with Surrealism and other important art movements in the ensuing decades.

Picasso, with the Courtauld Institute’s Christopher Green
Friday, April 16, 6:30 p.m., Van Pelt Auditorium
Join us for the keynote address of the Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art. Christopher Green, Emeritus Professor of Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and a leading authority on Picasso and early twentieth century art, will discuss the artist in the context of the Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris exhibition. Green’s most recent publication is Life and Death in Picasso: Still Life/Figure, c. 1907–1933.

Picasso’s First Constructed Sculpture: Tale of Two Guitars, With Christine Poggi
Friday, February 26, 6:30 p.m., Van Pelt Auditorium
University of Pennsylvania professor Christine Poggi focuses on two sculptures of a guitar by Picasso—one made of paper (with cardboard, string, thread, tape, and glue), the other of sheet metal. Employing ephemeral and unlikely materials, these works inaugurated a new approach to sculpture, eventually leading to new techniques including assemblage and multimedia installation.
This lecture is made possible by the Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture Fund

Highlighting sometimes unexpected connections between art and film, the Museum presents special screenings of films and documentaries focusing on important artists, movements, themes or historical moments.
Free after Museum admission; ticket required unless otherwise indicated. Admission free for art and art history students from select area art schools.

The Moderns
Sunday, March 28, 2:00 p.m. Van Pelt Auditorium
Alan Rudolph’s 1988 film explores the world of 1926 Paris, at the very moment the “Lost Generation” was in full swing. Told through the lens of expatriate artist Nick Hart, and with portrayals of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas, among others, the film chronicles the pivotal decade when avant-garde art, music, literature, and attitudes coalesced. Starring Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, and Genevieve Bujold.

A Moveable Feast,
by Ernest Hemingway
Sunday, April 11, 3:00–5:00 p.m., Seminar Room
Lecturer: Janine Utell, Associate Professor of English, Widener University
Grab a cup of coffee and join a book discussion of Ernest Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast, an intimate look at the characters that made up the “Lost Generation.” The event will open with an illustrated talk highlighting some of the key writers and artists of 1920s Paris and the relationships they formed, and will discuss how this international community blossomed into what we now call the avant-garde. Please note: Read A Moveable Feast in advance. Recommended texts: Scribner’s or the 2009 restored edition.
$25 ($20 members); ticket required; does not include Museum admission

Age-appropriate performances, gallery tours and art projects help children engage with the Museum’s permanent collections, while other events spotlight special exhibitions with themed activities and tours.
All family events are free after Museum admission, which is “pay what you wish” the first Sunday of the month.

Family Studio: Picasso in Paris
Sunday, April 4, 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Families can create works of art, play games, solve puzzles and explore aspects of Abstraction and Cubism while learning about Picasso and the city of Paris with this age-appropriate, hands-on program exploring the world of art through children’s books in the Museum’s art studios. No tickets required.
Family Studio is generously supported by The Victory Foundation.

Modern Masters: Picasso
Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Staff Lecturer for Western Art
This course examines the long career of the seminal modern master Pablo Picasso, from his prodigious boyhood years in Spain to the work he made as an acclaimed artist in his nineties. The Museum’s collection of nearly 400 works by Picasso will be highlighted to trace the development of the exceptionally prolific artist, whose estimated 50,000 works continue to astound the world.
1. Discovering Genius: The Blue and Rose Periods
2. Paterfamilias: Synthesizing Cubism
3. Picasso between the Wars
4. Nearing Apotheosis: Picasso’s Late Works
Thursday afternoons: 4 sessions, February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 1:30–2:30 p.m. or Saturdays: 2 sessions, February 6 and 27, 1:30–3:45 p.m. $100 ($80 members); ticket required

The Legacy of Cubism: History of Modern Architecture, 1905–1945
Lecturer: Suzanne Singletary, Associate Professor, History and Theory, and Director, Architectural Studies Program, School of Architecture, Philadelphia University
Pablo Picasso once described his mural-scaled painting Guernica as revealing “the inside and outside of a room,” and Georges Braque called the simultaneous views of Cubist works “a house drawn in plan, section, and elevation.” This course explores the rich interplay between avant-garde artists and architects during the years highlighted by the this exhibition, when artists and architects struggled to give form to the modern Zeitgeist or “Spirit of the Times.”
1. Cubism as Catalyst: Mondrian and the De Stijl Environment
2. Building for Political Revolution: Malevich, El Lissitsky, and Constructivism
3. From Glass House to Bauhaus: Expressionism and the International Style
4. Architecture after Cubism: Léger, Le Corbusier, and Purism as Built Form
Thursday afternoons: 4 sessions, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 3:00–4:00 p.m. or Saturdays: 2 sessions, March 13 and 27, 10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. $100 ($80 members); ticket required

Get a front-row seat for Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris with this audio guide that highlights key works in the exhibition. For more information about the Museum’s audio guides and podcasts, stop by any Visitor Services Desk or go to

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