The Art of Relationships Lecture Series, June events are now available.

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 next four lectures that took place in June are now available on our YouTube channel. The descriptions and links are provided below. It’s not too late to register for the July lectures (the link to register is at the bottom of this post). We hope to see you there!

“. . . Telephone me if you can.” With Alicia G. Longwell.

With those words, the charismatic artist John D. Graham invited Lee Krasner to participate in a 1942 exhibition. Graham also invited Jackson Pollock, a move that brought the two painters together professionally and romantically. Alicia examines Graham’s decisive influence on the burgeoning New York avant-garde. Alicia G. Longwell is the Chief Curator Emerita of The Parrish Art Museum.

Alicia G. Longwell’s lecture on John D. Graham

Quantum Engagement: Jackson Pollock and Alfonso Ossorio, With Mike Solomon.

The unlikely affinity between the wealthy, worldly, Harvard-educated Filipino-American artist Alfonso Ossorio and Jackson Pollock, son of an Iowa farm family and high school dropout, is the subject of Mike’s examination of their shared artistic aims. Mike Solomon is the Founding Director of the Alfonso Ossorio Foundation.

Mike Solomon’s lecture on Alfonso Ossorio

Vita Petersen: A Conversation, with Michael Brensen.

Vita Petersen met Pollock and Krasner through Mercedes Matter and worked with her to form the New York Studio School, where Petersen taught for many years. Michael discusses Petersen’s life and work in conversation with Pollock-Krasner House director Helen A. Harrison. Michael Brensen is an art critic and curator.

Michael Brensen’s lecture on Vita Petersen

Reuben Kadish: A Journey in Fresco, Terra Cotta & Bronze, with Judd Tully.

A friend of Jackson’s since their teenage years in Los Angeles, Reuben Kadish was instrumental in bringing Pollock and Krasner to Springs in 1945. Judd explores Kadish’s transition from painting to sculpture in the 1950s. Judd Tully is Chairman of the Reuben Kadish Art Foundation.

Judd Tully’s lecture on Reuben Kadish

Please join us for three more The Art of Relationship lectures this summer.

Register at the Pollock Krasner House and Study Center website or

July 16, 2023, at 5 pm EDT, Betty Parsons in the Company of Friends with Anne Cohen DePietro, art historian and curator.

July 23, 2023, at 5 pm EDT, Bonac Bohemia: Artists of The Springs with Helen A. Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House.

July 30, 2023, at 5 pm EDT, Benton, Pollock, and the Secrets of El Greco with Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University.

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.

You can find all of the Art In Focus and The Art of Relationships recordings on Stony Brook University Libraries YouTube Channel in the Art in Focus Playlist,

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