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IRVING PENN
The Museum of Modern Art
September 1984
MEMBERS
CALENDAR
Irving Penn’s 1951 portrait Colette will be among the works exhibited in a major retrospective o f his work, opening Septem ber 13. (The Museum o f M odern Art, gift o f the
photographer. ® I960 The Conde Nast Publications).
IRVING PENN
September 13-November 27
SEPTEMBER 1984
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Color Photographs: Recent
Acquisitions
Video: Recent Acquisitions
2:30 • The Sweater. 1980. Sheldon
Cohen. (National Film Board of
Canada) / Two (A Parable o f
Two). 1965. Satyajit Ray. / Amelia
and the Angel. 1958. Ken Russell. /
Crin Blanc (White Mane). 1953.
Albert Lamorisse. French dialogue,
English narration. 78 min. total.
5:00 • Manhatta. 1921. Charles
Sheelerand Paul Strand. / In the
Street. 1952. Helen Levitt, Janice
Loeb, and James Agee. / Jazz o f
Light. 1954. Ian Hugo. / N. Y„ N. Y.
1957. Francis Thompson. /
Bridges-Go-Round. 1958. Shirley
Clarke. / Real Italian Pizza. 1971.
David Rimmer. 74 min. total.
11 Tues
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
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Color Photographs
Video: Recent Acquisitions
Color Photographs
Video: Recent Acquisitions
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
Color Photographs
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
Museum Closed
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30 • Angel in the House. 1979.
Jane Jackson. / The Life Story o f
Baal. 1978. Edward Bennett.
86 min. total.
6:00 • Gala Day. / Poitin (Poteen).
See Sunday, Sept. 2 at 5:00.
Circulating Video Selections
Color Photographs
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
5:30, 7:00
F il m S h o w i n g s :
F il m S h o w i n g s :
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30 • Land Without Bread. 1933.
Luis Brunuel. / Nazi Propaganda
Films. 1933-1937. / Granton
Trawler. 1934. John Grierson. 65
min. total.
6:00 • Night Mail / Heart o f
Spain. See Monday, Sept. 3
at 2:30.
2:30 • Les Raquetteurs. 1958.
Gilles Groulx, Michel Brault. / The
Back-Breaking Leaf. 1959. Terence
Macartney-Filgate. / Lonely Boy.
1961. Roman Kroitor, Wolf
Koenig. National Film Board of
Canada productions. 75 min. total.
5:00 • An American March. 1941.
Oskar Fischinger. / The Petrified
Dog. 1948. Sidney Peterson. /
Scorpio Rising. 1963. Kenneth
Anger. / Oh Dem Watermelons.
1965. Robert Nelson. / All My
Life. 1966. Bruce Baillie. / Valse
Triste. 1978. Bruce Conner. 71 min.
total.
2:30 • The Little Train Robbery*
1905. Edwin S. Porter. / The
‘Teddy’ Bears.* 1907. Edwin S.
Porter. / Rumpelstiltskin.* 1915.
Thomas H. Ince. 80 min. total.
5:00 • Animation. Program I.
Films by Hans Richter, Hans
Fischinger, Viking Eggeling, Oskar
Fischinger, Marcel Duchamp,
Lotte Reiniger, Len Lye, Norman
McLaren. Ca. 65 min. total.
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30* Train Wreckers* 1905.
Edwin S. Porter. / Lost in the
A lps* 1907. Edwin S. Porter. / Ben
Hur* 1907. Sidney Olcott and
Frank Oakes Rose. / Bobby, the
Coward.* 1911. D. W. Griffith. / A
Modern Musketeer (Extant Reels:
Opening).* 1918. Allan Dwan.
96 min. total.
5:00 • Gala Day. 1963. John Irwin.
/ Poitin (Poteen). 1978. Bob
Quinn. 91 min. total.
2:30 • Night Mail. 1936. GPO Film
Unit. Harry Watt. / Heart o f
Spain. 1937. Frontier Films.
52 min. total.
5:00 • Blinkity Blank. 1955.
Norman McLaren. (National Film
Board of Canada). / Very Nice,
Very Nice. 1961. Arthur Lipsett.
(National Film Board of Canada).
/ Bethune. 1964. John Kemeny,
Donald Brittain. (National Film
Board of Canada). 71 min. total.
F il m S h o w i n g s :
A scene from Shirley Clarke's 1958
film Bridges-Go-Round.
2:30 • Animation. Program II.
Films by Douglass Crockwell,
Robert Breer, Stan VanDerBeek,
John Whitney, Larry Jordan,
George Griffin, David Ehrlich,
Mary Beams, Howard Danelowitz,
Jane Aaron, Faith Hubley.
Ca. 79 min. total.
6:00 • L’Etoile de mer.** 1928.
Man Ray. / The Cage.** 1947.
Sidney Peterson. / Anticipation o f
the Night.** 1958. Stan Brakhage.
85 min. total.
F il m S h o w i n g s :
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30 • The Life and Death o f
9413-A Hollywood Extra.** 1928.
Robert Florey. / Looney Tom the
Happy Lover. 1951. James
Broughton. / A Movie. 1958. Bruce
Conner. / Heavy Metal. 1978.
Scott Bartlett. / Blonde Cobra.
1963. Ken Jacobs. 79 min. total.
6:00 • Train Wreckers.** / Lost in
the Alps.** / Ben Hur.** / Bobby,
the Coward.** / A Modern
Musketeer (Extant Reels:
Opening).** See Sunday, Sept. 2
at 2:30.
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18 Tues
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20 Thur
Museum Closed
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
5:30, 7:00
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Circulating Video Selections
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
Museum Closed
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
5:30,7:00
F il m S h o w i n g s :
F il m S h o w i n g s :
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30 ■ A Canfao de Lisboa (The
Song o f Lisbon). 1933. Cottinelli
Telmo. With Vasco Santana,
Teresa Gomes, Manoel de Oliveira.
In Portuguese, English subtitles.
118 min.
6:00 ■ A Revolufao de Maio (The
May Revolution). 1937. Antonio
Lopes Ribeiro. With Maria Clara,
Antonio Martinez, Emilia de
Oliveira. In Portuguese, English
subtitles. 135 min.
2:30 ■ Lobos da Serra (Mountain
Wolves). 1942. Jorge Brum Canto.
With Antonio Sousa. Maria
Domingas, Antonio Silva. In
Portuguese, English subtitles.
98 min.
5:00 ■ Os Verdes Anos (The Green
Years). 1963. Paulo Rocha. With
Isabel Ruth, Rui Gomes, Ruy
Furtado. In Portuguese, English
subtitles. 81 min.
2:30 ■ Brandos Costumes. 1972-74.
Alberto Seixas Santos. With Luis
Santos, Dalila Rocha, Isabel de
Castro. In Portuguese, English
subtitles. 75 min.
5:00 ■ Uma Abelha na Chuva (A
Bee in the Rain). 1973. Fernando
Lopes. With Laura Soveral, Joao
Guedes, Zita Duarte. In
Portuguese, English subtitles.
61 min.
F il m S h o w i n g s :
1:00 British Advertising
Broadcast Awards. 1984 Winners.
Ca. 45 min.
2:30 • L’Étoile de mer.** / The
Cage.** / Anticipation o f the
Night.** See Thursday, Sept. 6
at 6:00.
6:00 • Spare Time. 1939.
Humphrey Jennings. / Valley
Town. 1940. Willard Van Dyke. /
Prelude to War. 1942. Frank
Capra. 104 min. total.
General
Information
Hours
11:00-6:00 daily
Thursday 11:00-9:00
Closed Wednesday
12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:00
British Advertising Broadcast
Awards, 1984. Same program
repeated. Ca. 45 min. See Film
Information.
Scene from How to Fly, a videotape
by Ed Bowes from the program
S e l e c t io n s f r o m t h e
C i r c u l a t i n g Vid e o L i b r a r y .
F il m S h o w i n g s :
F il m S h o w i n g s :
F il m S h o w i n g s :
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30 ■ A Revolufäo de Maio (The
May Revolution). See Friday,
September 14 at 6:00.
6:00 ■ A Canfäo de Lisboa (The
Song o f Lisbon). See Friday,
September 14 at 2:30.
2:30 ■ Brandos Costumes. See
Sunday, September 16 at 2:30.
6:00 ■ Os Verdes Anos (The Green
Years). See Saturday, September 15
at 5:00.
2:30 ■ Uma Abelha na Chuva (A
Bee in the Rain). See Sunday,
September 16 at 5:00.
6:00 ■ Lobos da Serra (Mountain
Wolves). See Saturday,
September 15 at 2:30.
Os Verdes Anos (The Green Years)
isfeatured in S i x -P o r t u g u e s e
C l a s s i c s , September 14-20.
22 Sat
23 Sun
24 Mon
25 Tues
26 Wed
27 Thur
28 Fri
29 Sat
30 Sun
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Gallery Talks: 12:30,3:00
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Color Photographs
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Color Photographs
F il m S h o w i n g s :
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
Museum Closed
F il m S h o w i n g s :
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30 • La Caduta di Troia (The
Fall o f Troy).* 1910. Giovanni
Pastrone. / Goluboi Ekspress
(China Express: Blue Express).*
1929. Ilya Trauberg. 117 min. total.
5:00 • Animation. Program II. See
Thursday, September 6 at 2:30.
2:30 • A Midsummer Night’s
Dream. 1968. Peter Hall. With
Diana Rigg, Helen Mirren, David
Warner, Bill Travers and the Royal
Shakespeare Company. 119 min.
5:00 • Macbeth. 1948. Orson
Welles. With Orson Welles,
Jeanette Nolan. 85 min.
“Primitivism” in 20th Century Art:
Affinity of the Tribal and
the Modern
Alvar Aalto: Furniture and Glass
Video and Ritual
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
5:30, 7:00
“Primitivism” in 20th-Century Art
Irving Penn
Alvar Aalto: Furniture and Glass
Color Photographs
Video and Ritual
Gallery Talks: 12:30, 3:00
“Primitivism” in 20th-Century Art
Irving Penn
Alvar Aalto: Furniture and Glass
Color Photographs
Video and Ritual
2:30 • 4 by D. W. Griffith: Over Silent
Paths* 1910. / The Unchanging Sea.*
1910. With Mary Pickford. / Her
Awakening* 1911. With Mabel
Normand. / The Eternal M other*
1912. With Blanche Sweet. / A House
Divided* 1913. Alice Guy-Blache. /
Her Defiance* 1916. Cleo Madison,
Joe King. 97 min. total.
5:00« Cvoye (Ballad o f Love). 1965.
Mikhail Bogin. In Russian, English
subtitles. / Fadni Odpoledne (A
Boring Afternoon). 1965. Ivan Passer.
In Czech, English subtitles. / A
Private life. 1980. Mikhail Bogin.
81 min. total.
“Primitivism” in 20th-Century Art
Alvar Aalto: Furniture and Glass
Irving Penn
Color Photographs
Video and Ritual
♦Silent film, original
accompaniment by William Perry,
Donald Sosin, or Stuart Oderman.
♦♦Silent film, no piano
accompaniment.
Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2.
Film tickets are available with
Museum admission and can be
obtained at the Lobby Information
Desk after 11 a.m. on the day of the
showing. Tickets for Family / Dual,
Participating, and Contributing
Members can be obtained up to
one week in advance at the
Membership Desk (50e service
charge).
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2:30 • An American March / The
Petrified Dog / Scorpio Rising j
Oh Dem Watermelons I All my
Life / Valse Triste. See Saturday,
September 8 at 5:00.
6:00 • Animation. Program l. See
Sunday, September 9 at 5:00.
F il m S h o w i n g s :
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30 • Les Raquetteurs. / The
Back-Breaking Leaf. / Lonely Boy.
See Saturday, September 8 at 2:30.
6:00 • Special—A tribute to
Blanche Sweet. The Sporting
Venus.* 1925. Marshall Neilan.
With Blanche Sweet, Ronald
Colman, Lew Cody. Ca. 80 min.
Miss Sweet will be present.
(Courtesy MGM/UA).
2:30 • Blinkity Blank. / Very Nice,
Very Nice. / Bethune. See Monday,
September 3 at 5:00.
6:00 • La Caduta di Troia (The
Fall o f Troy).** / Goluboi
Ekspress (China Express: Blue
Express).** See Saturday,
September 22 at 2:30.
F il m S h o w i n g s :
Alvar Aalto's "Savoy" Vase,
a 1936 molded glass piece,
can be seen in A l v a r
2:30 • A Midsummer Night’s
Dream. See Sunday, September 23
at 2:30.
6:00 • The Little Train Robbery.** /
The ‘Teddy’ Bears.** /
Rumpelstiltskin.** See Sunday,
September 9 at 2:30.
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30 • Macbeth. See Sunday,
September 23 at 5:00.
6:00 • Alexander Nevsky. 1938.
Sergei Eisenstein. With Nikolai
Cherkasov. In Russian, English
subtitles. 109 min.
A a l t o : F u r n it u r e a n d
Glass.
F il m S h o w i n g s :
2:30 • Spare Time. / Valley Town. /
Prelude to War. See Tuesday,
September 11 at 6:00.
5:00 • Pathe Newsreels. 1917-31. /
Kino Pravda. 1922. Dziga Vertov. /
Berlin: Symphony fo r a Great City.
1927. Walter Ruttmann. 89 min.
total.
Film
Information
■ Six Portuguese Classics:
1933-1974
The Portuguese cinema is just
beginning to be discovered. These
six films, significant to the history
of the cinema of Portugal, are a
good introduction to a country
whose filmmakers have for too
long been neglected. The exhibition
was organized by Richard Peña of
the Film Center of the School of
the Art Institute in Chicago in
collaboration with the Portuguese
Film Institute, the Cinemateca
Portuguesa, and the Embassy of
Portugal in Washington. The
program features The Song o f
Lisbon, the first sound film totally
produced in Portugal, as well as
Brandos Costumes, the work
commonly held to have
inaugurated the new Portuguese
cinema and an innovative film that
was presented in 1976 in the
Museum’s N e w D ir e c t o r s / N
ew
F il m s .
“Lacking a solid economic base,”
Peña observes, “the Portuguese
cinema has been a cinema of
‘auteurs’—of strong individuals
who devoted their lives to
continuing film production despite
the often impossible conditions of
work. Certainly no one fits this
model more perfectly than Manoel
de Oliveira.” (Oliveira has not been
included in this series since a
retrospective of his films will be
shown at the Museum in
November.)
“Other highlights of this
selection,” Peña continues, “include
The May Revolution, a superbly
crafted, unabashed ode to Salazar’s
‘Estado Novo’ regime that
nevertheless makes excellent use of
Soviet montage techniques, and
Paulo Rocha’s The Green Years, an
atmospheric tale of two young
lovers in Lisbon reminiscent of the
early films of the ‘Nouvelle Vague.’
Mountain Wolves is a good
example of the work of Brum do
Canto, an exemplary craftsman
and one of the Portuguese cinema’s
most prolific and consistently
popular directors.” Fernando
Lopes’s film A Bee in the Rain has
been praised for its creative
rendering of the poetic universe of
the Portuguese writer Carlos de
Oliveira.
All films with English subtitles.
September 14-20
■j"British Advertising Broadcast
Awards, 1984. Many of the bestmade and wittiest advertising films
and videotapes are being made in
Britain. Also, a number of featurelength directors working in both
the United Kingdom and the
United States began by making
commercials in Britain, and several
continue to do so.
Since 1976 the British
Advertising Broadcasting Awards
Limited (BABA), an organization
comprised of industry profes­
sionals, annually has selected the
finest advertising films in various
categories, and the Department of
Film is pleased to be able to present
a 35mm program of the 1984 award
winners. For making this exhibi­
tion possible we are grateful to
Tony Solomon and Peter Bigg,
BABA’s chairman and admini­
strator respectively, and Barry Day
of McCann-Erickson Worldwide in
New York.
To accommodate those in the
advertising community we have
arranged for this 45-minute
exhibition to be screened at special
times: TUesday, September II at
LOOp.mThursday, September 13
at noon, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:00.
• Selections from the Circulating
Film Library. The titles selected for
the September program reflect the
broad diversity of film genres,
styles, and periods that make up
the Circulating Film Library. The
pioneer American director Edwin
S. Porter, who worked for Thomas
Edison, is represented by several
titles, including Train Wreckers
(1905) and The ‘Teddy’ Bears
(1907). Historic animation from
Europe is represented by Hans
Richter, Viking Eggeling, Oskar
Fischinger, and Lotte Reiniger.
Contemporary American anima­
tion, which reveals highly
individual approaches to the
medium, includes work by Robert
Breer, John Whitney, George
Griffin, David Ehrlich, Mary
Beams, Jane Aaron, and Faith
Hubley.
Among the British independents
in the program is the sensitively
made feminist film Angel in the
House (1979), written and directed
by Jane Jackson. The avant-garde
films in the program span a fiftyyear period from Charles Sheelers
and Paul Strand’s Manhatta (1921)
to David Rimmer’s Real Italian
Pizza (1971). Classic American
documentaries of the 1940s to be
presented are Valley Town (1940)
by Willard Van Dyke and Native
Land( \942) by Leo Hurwitz and
Paul Strand.
The extensive Canadian
collection in the Circulating Film
Library includes the documentary
Bethune (1964) by John Kemeny
and Donald Brittain and the
animated films Very Nice, Very
Nice (1961) by Arthur Lipsett and
Blinkety Blank (1955) by Norman
McLaren. And Irish cinema is
represented by Bob Quinn’s Poitin
(Poteen) (1978), a drama that is in
the Gaelic language (with English
subtitles).
Special: A Tribute to Blanche
Sweet. The Department of Film
will pay tribute to Blanche Sweet in
celebration of the 75th anniversary
of her debut in films. Miss Sweet
was one of D. W. Griffith’s earliest
stars, and she went on to become
one of the most popular actresses
of the 1920s. Among her major
roles were Judith o f Bethulia, Anna
Christie, and Tess o f the d'Urbervilles. She will introduce the 6
o’clock screening of the The Sport­
ing Venus. September 24 at 6:00.
Schedule subject to change without
notice. For precise information,
call 708-9490 on day of showing.
The Museum’s film program is
made possible with public funds
from the New York State Council
on the Arts and by a grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts.
Blanche Sweet.
Filmgoers Please Note:
No smoking, eating, or drinking in
theater or lobby.
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New
Exhibitions
Selections from the Circulating Video
Library. Video Gallery, ground floor. This
selection highlights recent additions to the
Circulating Video Library and includes
works by Ed Bowes, Collis Davis,
Antonio Viuntadas. Julie Gustafson and
John Reilly. September 6 through 18.
Irving Penn. The International Council
Galleries, groundfloor. This first
retrospective study of the artist’s work in
over twenty years will present
approximately 200 color and black-andwhite photographs selected from a body
of work that spans the past four decades.
The exhibition will examine Penn’s work
in portraiture, fashion, advertising, the
nude, ethnographic subjects, and still life,
and will also include a selection of Penn’s
early, unpublished photographs.
For more than a generation Irving Penn
has been recognized as one of the world’s
most distinguished and influential
practitioners of editorial, advertising, and
fashion photography. His work has been
admired for its formal invention, technical
elegance, breadth of reach, and for the
confidence with which it has combined
great boldness with artistic poise. In both
his personal and commercial work—his
photographs have appeared in Vogue
magazine since 1943—Penn has
maintained a rigorously demanding
standard of style and craft.
By the 1970s Penn’s interest shifted
from the printed page as end product to
the expressive possibilities of the
photographic print. Through long,
meticulous experiment he perfected a
command of platinum printing to bring
an even greater richness and clarity to his
increasingly personal work.
The exhibition is directed by John
New
Publication
Irving Penn
John Szarkowski
Irving Penn is the most distinguished
practitioner of editorial, advertising, and
fashion photography of the last four
decades. His work has been admired for
its great refinement of craft, for the wit
and grace of its formal invention, and for
its unequalled sensitivity to the quality
and character of light.
Backed by the lavish suppport of Vogue
magazine, Penn brought a classic
economy and concentration to the
overblown world of fashion photography,
to portraits of artists, writers, and theater
people, and to ethnographic studies of
style and ornament in little-known
corners of West Africa, Nepal, Peru, and
New Guinea.
John Szarkowski’s essay follows Penn’s
career from its art school beginnings to
the provocative work of recent years, the
cigarettes and still lifes of street d e tritu sphotographs of eloquence and classical
rectitude made from the least
consequential of subject matter. This
book is the first comprehensive
retrospective of Penn’s work.
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Szarkowski, Director of the Department
of Photography. September 13 through
November 27.
“PRIMITIVISM” IN 20TH CENTURY
ART: Affinity of the Tribal and the Mod­
ern. The René d ’Harnoncourt Galleries,
lower level; East Wing, 3rdfloor; lobby
annex. This exhibition will underline the
many parallelisms that exist between mod­
ern art and the arts of tribal cultures, in
addition to being the first to juxtapose tri­
bal and modern objects in the light of
informed art history. Primitivist works by
modern artists, beginning with Gauguin,
Picasso, Brancusi, Klee, and extending to
those of contemporary artists, will be
exhibited along with tribal works to illus­
trate both broad affinities and direct
influences.
Some 150 modern works dating from
the turn of the century to the present will
be shown. The tribal works—over 200
chosen from museums and collections
worldwide—will include masks and figure
sculptures from the personal collections of
Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Derain, Nolde,
Ernst, Matta, and other modernists.
The exhibition will be divided into four
parts: “Concepts” establishes the different
characteristics of the modernist response
to tribal sculpture, and visually probes the
problems raised by the intersection of the
two arts; “History” sketches the direct
influence of various tribal arts on different
modern painters and sculptors, sometimes
juxtaposing a modern work with the very
tribal object that influenced it; “Affinities”
explores certain common denominators of
modern and tribal art independently of the
problem of influences; “Contemporary
Explorations,” the final part, contains
endeavors such as hybrid objects, environ­
ments, para-theater, and video. These
relate less directly to tribal objects than to
ideas about tribal life and religious
practice.
The exhibition is directed by William
Rubin, Director of the Department of
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Painting and Sculpture, in collaboration
with Professor Kirk Varnedoe of the Insti­
tute of Fine Arts, New York University.
September 27 through January 15.
Alvar Aalto: Furniture and Glass. The
International Council Galleries, ground
floor. This exhibition will cover the Fin­
nish architect/designer’s industrial design
work in depth and will be the first exhibi­
tion to present the full range of Aalto’s
furniture—from his short-lived experi­
ments with tubular steel in the 1920s and
subsequent ground-breaking explora­
tions of bentwood techniques through his
mature furniture pieces of the 1950s. The
glass exhibited will include examples of
Aalto’s famous 1937 free-form vases and
bowls, the shapes of which were a radical
departure from the streamlined styles pre­
valent at the time. Also shown will be ear­
lier and less well-known mass-produced
glass dinner and kitchen wares he designed
with his wife, Aino.
Included will be approximately 35
examples of furniture, some 35 pieces of
glass, and a number of furniture parts and
sculptural reliefs. There will also be more
than 40 sketches and finished drawings for
the above work, as well as photographic
panels showing the furniture as it origi­
nally appeared in a variety of interior set­
tings and international expositions. A
short film focusing on the manufacture of
Aalto furniture in Finland will also be
shown in the gallery.
The exhibition is directed by J.
Stewart Johnson, Curator of Design,
Department of Architecture and Design.
September 27 through November 27.
Video and Ritual. Video Gallery, ground
floor. This program will explore the
relationship that videotapes have to ritual
and performance. Among the artists
whose work will be included are Terry
Fox, Barbara Hammann, Joan Jonas,
Paul Ryan, and Jill Scott. September 27
through November 20.
September
Gallery Talks
Talks will be given each weekday (except
Wednesday) at 12:30 and 3:00, and
Thursday evenings at 5:30 and 7:00. The
program has been expanded so that two
talks will be given simultaneously in
different areas of the Museum at 12:30
and 3:00. Sylvia Milgram gives a gallery
talk each Monday at 3:00 and Thursday at
5:30. Other gallery talks will be given by
lecturers, all of whom are advanced
graduate students in modern art history.
Talks will cover all aspects of the
Museum’s Permanent Collection,
including the galleries for Painting and
Sculpture, Architecture and Design,
Photography, Drawings, and Prints and
Illustrated Books, as well as temporary
exhibitions such as I r v i n g P e n n and
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Necessitated by Influx of Museum
Visitors. Because of the great number of
visitors to the newly reopened Museum
this past summer, many of the gallery talk
topics had to be changed. We apologize
for any inconvenience this caused.
Continuing
Exhibitions
Color Photographs: Recent Acquisitions
Edward Steichen Photography Center,
2ndfloor. Only in the last fifteen or twenty
years have the materials of color pho­
tography offered the inviting combination
of reasonable cost, technical ease, and aes­
thetic beauty. Since the mid-1970s this
opportunity has attracted the best energies
of many younger photographers of widely
varied training and inclination. Their
accomplishments already suggest that the
new technical opportunity has created one
of the most provocative and rewarding
challenges of contemporary photography.
This unprecedented development in
color photography has all the unpredicta­
bility and excitement of unfinished busi­
ness. There are no venerable masters, no
authoritative styles, no exhausted possi­
bilities. The Museum’s active program for
collecting contemporary photographs has
responded to this new work, a sample of
which is presented in the exhibition. It is
not a systematic survey but an interim
report on the variety and liveliness of the
new color photography, drawn from
acquisitions of the past five years. A few
established figures are represented, among
them Jan Groover, William Eggleston, and
Lucas Samaras. But the great majority of
pictures are by younger photographers,
such as John Harding, Lorie Novak, and
David Graham, many of whom have done
virtually ail of their serious work in color.
Through October.
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AUTUMN ACTIVITIES
FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS
One-Day
Study Tours
Courses on
Modern Art
The Department of Education and the
Department of Membership present three
day-long tours of important museums and
exhibition spaces in the greater metro­
politan area. Each trip offers the oppor­
tunity to view and study collections and
temporary exhibitions that complement
the collections of The Museum of Modern
Art.
The tours are conducted by lecturers
from the Department of Education, who
will provide comprehensive commentary
on the works and exhibitions viewed.
Questions and informal discussion will be
encouraged. The lecturers are all ad­
vanced graduate students in the history of
modern art and have been heard in the
Museum’s programs of gallery talks and
courses on modern art.
Tour fees include the cost of transporta­
tion, all admissions, lunch, and refresh­
ments. Luxury air-conditioned
motorcoaches are used for travel. All
return times are approximate.
The Department of Education will
present four courses exploring diverse
aspects of modern art from PostImpressionism to art of the present day.
Each course consists of four two-hour or
three two-and-one-half-hour sessions that
include both private viewing of works of
art in the Museum’s galleries and slideillustrated lectures. Unless otherwise
noted, the courses are taught by lecturers
in the Department of Education, all of
whom are advanced graduate students in
modern art history at either Columbia
University or The Institute of Fine Arts,
New York University.
The Brandywine River Museum, Chadds
Ford, Pennsylvania, and the Delaware
Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.
Saturday, October 13, 8:00 a. in. -8:00 p.m.
This tour will provide the opportunity to
study the work of artists of the
Brandywine River School, as well as an
outstanding collection of English
painting. At the Delaware Art Museum in
Wilmington, the newly-reinstalled
Bancroft collection of 19th-century
English Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the
most important collection outside
London, will be viewed. The collection
includes work by Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Maddox
Brown. John Millais. William Morris,
and William Holman Hunt. Also on view’
will be the exhibition M a s t e r p i e c e s f r o m
t h e P e r m a n e n t C o l l e c t i o n , including
examples of the work of Edward Hopper,
Howard Pyle, the Wyeths. and other
American artists.
Andrew Wyeth’s 1961 work W riting Chair.
(The Brandywine River Museum, private
collection. ® 1984 Andrew Wyeth).
The group will also visit the Brandy­
wine River Museum, housed in a restored
19th-century grist mill, to which a new
gallery space has recently been added. The
private collection of Andrew Wyeth,
including many works never before
exhibited to the public, will be on view at
this time, in addition to the permanent
collection. In the Brandywine Heritage
Gallery, the works of Howard Pyle and
his students and the Wyeths are displayed.
Each course section is indicated by letter:
Jonathan Borofsky's Head with Shape on it at
2,535,405, a 1978painting on paper.
(Philadelphia Museum o f Art).
The Princeton University Art Museum,
Princeton, New Jersey, and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers Uni­
versity, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.-6:00p.m.
The Princeton Art Museum is one of the
great university museums, with a superb
collection of old and modern works of art.
Manet, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne,
Picasso, Duchamp, Johns, Segal, Stella,
and many other modern masters are rep­
resented in the permanent collection galler­
ies. These and an important temporary
exhibition from the Henry and Rose Perl­
man Foundation, C é z a n n e : W o r k s o n
P a p e r , will be viewed, along with a number
of outstanding examples of modern archi­
tecture and the Putnam Collection of con­
temporary sculpture.
Alter lunch the group travels to the Jane
Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
University, where the permanent collection
and temporary exhibitions will be viewed.
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features objects of many dif­
ferent mediums, including glass, ceramics,
small-scale sculpture, posters, and furni­
ture, to provide an in-depth look at an
important style of early modern design.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The
Rodin Museum, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Saturday, December 1, 8:00
a.m.-7:00p.m. One of the loveliest
museums in the Northeast is Phila­
delphia’s Rodin Museum, which houses
the largest collection of Rodin’s work
outside of Paris. The group will study the
Gates o f Hell, John the Baptist, and many
other works by the first truly “modern”
sculptor of the 20th century.
At the Philadelphia Museum a
retrospective of the work of Jonathan
Borofsky, the largest of his work to date,
will include over 50 works spanning a 12year period. The multimedia exhibition
will include installations personally
supervised by the artist, incorporating
video, audio and musical components, as
well as paintings, drawings, and sculpture.
This fascinating and enigmatic artist is
one of the most talked-about new talents
on the contemporary art scene.
Also at the Philadelphia Museum will
be an important exhibition, T h e G o l d e n
A g e o f B r i t i s h P h o t o g r a p h y , which
will not be shown anywhere else in the
United States. Two hundred forty works,
treasures of 19th-century photography
from the Victoria and Albert Museum in
London and other British museums, will
include photographs by Julia Margaret
Cameron, J. Craig Annan, Lewis Carroll,
P. H. Emerson, and Frederick Evans.
There will also be time to view the
permanent collection of the Museum,
which includes the famed Arensberg
Collection of works by Marcel Duchamp.
C o l l e c t io n
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ART
An introduction to the major issues and
styles of the modern period, including
Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Constructi­
vism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Dada and
Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism.
A 4 Monday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,
October 1,8, 15, 22.
B 4 Thursday mornings, 9:45 to
11:45 a.m., November 29, December
6, 13, 20.
PICASSO: RECURRENT THEMES
Variations on themes: love and eroticism,
death, myth, art about art, and the artist’s
persona. Why and how these themes recur
will be explored in a course taught by
Sylvia Milgram.
C 3 Tuesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,
October 9, 16, 23.
D 3 Friday mornings, 9:45 a.m. to
12:15 p.m., November 2. 9, 16.
ISSUES IN MODERN
ARCHITECTURE
An exploration of 20th-century
architecture, including new forms brought
about by recent technologies, the
skyscraper, city planning, and current
solutions to particular problems in urban
space.
E 4 Monday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,
November 26, December 3, 10, 17,
SINCE’60
Beginning with the work of Johns and
Rauschenberg, and the Pop artists, this
course will explore the complex and
contradictory phenomena of art in the
1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s.
Helmut Mask, a sculpture from the Ivory
Coast, is on exhibit in “P r i m i t i v i s m " 1N20TH
CENTUR Y A R T : A FF1NITY OF THE TRIBA L A ND
t h e M odern . (Museum Rietberg, Zurich).
F
4 Monday mornings. 9:45 to
11:45 a.m., October 29, November 5,
12, 19.
“PRIMITIVISM” IN 20TH CENTURY
ART
The Western response to tribal cultures as
revealed in the work and thoughts of
modern artists including Gauguin,
Picasso, Brancusi, Klee, the Surrealists,
and others.
G 4 Thursday mornings, 9:45 to
11:45 a.m., October 4. 11. 18, 25.
H 4 Monday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m..
October 29, November 5, 12, 19.
For additional information, please call the
Department of Education, (212) 708-9795.
To register, fill out and send in the coupon
below. Registration will be on a firstcome, first-served basis. You will receive
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Fee per course Members $65,
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STUDY TOURS FOR MEMBERS
I would like to register for the following
tour(s).
COURSES ON MODERN ART
—- The Brandywine River Museum and the
Delaware Art Museum. Saturday, October
13, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fee: Members S80, Nonmembers $90.
---- The Princeton University Art Museum
and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art
Museum, Rutgers University. Saturday,
November 3,9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $75, Nonmembers $100.
---- The Philadelphia Museum of Art and
The Rodin Museum. Saturday, December 1,
8:00 a.m, to 7:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $75, Nonmembers $100.
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