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Lecture – Abstract Expressionism


  • Tuesday
  • June 25, 2019
  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



Join us for a lecture by Valerie Hellstein, art historian, independent scholar, and catalogue essayist for Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution.

In the late 1940s, a group of American artists known as abstract expressionists threw off academicism and regionalism, refused to cultivate a collective style in the manner of earlier avant-garde groups and instead developed unique, signature styles, talked passionately and grandiloquently about individuality, and demanded to be seen. The usual story is steeped in drama, egos, and carries a romantic air, but underlying this story is the artists’ belief in the importance of creative individuality for the health of the larger collective.

  • Free for students and Museum members
  • $5 for non-members

Partake in a small reception at 6:30p, lecture begins at 7p in the Dickey Family Lecture Hall.

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Questions? Email the Education Department or call us at 813.421.6631.

Image: Willem de Kooning (American, b. the Netherlands 1904–1997). Woman II, 1961. Oil on paper mounted on canvas. 29 x 22 1/2 inches. The Haskell Collection. © 2018 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York