The Art of Relationships Lecture Series

In the popular Art In Focus Lecture Series tradition, May 2023 brought a new lecture series, The Art of Relationships, sponsored jointly by the Stony Brook University Libraries and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. The Art of Relationships lecture series complements the Pollock-Krasner House’s current exhibition, “Creative Exchanges: Artists in Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner’s Address Book.” on view until July 30, 2023. The first three lectures are available on our YouTube channel and embedded below. The next four lectures and their registration information are listed at the end of this post.

Guston: The Capacity of Painting, with Harry Cooper.

Harry Cooper is the Senior Curator and Head of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Cooper leads a virtual walk-through of “Philip Guston Now,” the retrospective currently on view at the National Gallery of Art. Explore Guston’s life and work while looking closely at some of his greatest canvases. Watch and listen to this discussion of the amazing artist and boyhood friend of Jackson Pollock.

Harry Cooper’s lecture on Philip Guston

Charles Pollock, Jackson’s Oldest Brother, with Philip Rylands.

Philip Rylands is the President and CEO of The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, FL. Rylands traces Charles Pollock’s path from Thomas Hart Benton and WPA-inspired Regionalism to pure abstraction in the late 1940s. Charles Pollock, ten years Jackson’s senior, was a distinguished painter in his own right. Born in 1902, he spent his later years in Paris, where he died in 1988.

Philip Rylands’ lecture on Charles Pollock

Helen Frankenthaler in the Early 1950s, with Elizabeth Smith.

Elizabeth Smith is the founding Executive Director of The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in New York, NY. Smith considers some of Frankenthaler’s earliest works and reflects on what made Frankenthaler’s painting, in Morris Louis’s later words, a “bridge between Pollock and what was possible” for other artists in the 1950s.

Elizabeth Smith’s lecture on Helen Frankenthaler

Please join us for four more The Art of Relationships lectures this summer.

Register at the Pollock Krasner House and Study Center website:

June 4, 2023, “. . . Telephone me if you can.”  With Alicia G. Longwell, Chief Curator Emerita, The Parrish Art Museum.

June 11, 2023, Quantum Engagement: Jackson Pollock and Alfonso Ossorio, with Mike Solomon, Founding Director, Alfonso Ossorio Foundation

June 18, 2023, Vita Petersen: A Conversation, with Michael Brensen, art critic and curator.

June 25, 2023, Reuben Kadish, Painter/Sculptor, with Judd Tully, Chairman, the Reuben Kadish Art Foundation

The Art of Relationships lecture series is made possible by a generous gift from Dorothy Lichtenstein and Stony Brook’s John H. Marburger, the Third Memorial Fund.

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