Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 1, 2002Volume 30, Number 16

Lydia Winston Malbin created an extensive archive of modernist art. After her death in 1989, her children donated the archive to the Yale University Art Gallery.

Malbin Lectures to reflect on modernist art in America

"Modernism in America: Articulation and Visual Form" is the subject of the five-part 2002 Lydia Winston Malbin Lectures being offered by the Yale University Art Gallery.

Each of the events in the series is related to current special exhibitions at the gallery: "The Tiger's Eye: The Art of a Magazine," "Between Language and Form" and "The 1948 Directors of the Société Anonyme Exhibition." All of the lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the McNeil Lecture Hall of the gallery, 1111 Chapel St. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

The opening lecture was delivered by University of Delaware art historian Ann Gibson on Jan. 31 on the topic "Modernism's 'Double Consciousness.'" The schedule for the remainder of the lectures follows.

Feb. 7 -- "The Artist and the Written Word," by Johanna Drucker, director of media studies at the University of Virginia and the author of several books on the history of typography, as well as of her own artist books and visual poetry.

Feb. 14 -- "Modernism in America in the 1940s," by Yve-Alain Bois, professor of art history at Harvard University, whose many books on art include "Painting as Model," "Formless: A User's Guide" and "Matisse and Picasso."

Feb. 21 -- Two films by Maya Deren -- "Meshes of the Afternoon" (1946) and "Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti" (1953) will be shown. Deren's book on Voudoun practices was first published in the magazine "The Tiger's Eye." (See story.)

Feb. 28 -- "Dark Insights: Abstract Expressionism and 'The Tiger's Eye,'" by David Anfam, commissioning editor at Phaidon Press Limited in London, author of the catalogue raisonné "Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas" and co-author of "Clyfford Still: Paintings 1944-1960."

Lydia Winston Malbin was one of the foremost collectors of Italian Futurist art and the creator of an extensive archive on modernist art. Her children donated the archive, along with the lecture series endowment, to the Yale Art Gallery after Malbin's death in 1989.


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