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Online Lecture: Artistic Pairings — Pollock & Rothko

Program No. 24727RJ
Join us on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT), for a one-hour online lecture and Q&A to learn about the great artists Pollock and Rothko.
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At a Glance

Among the most fascinating stories of art history are those involving artistic pairings, some of which have led to intense rivalries even while spawning outrageously good art. This Artist Appreciation Month series unpacks some of the most intriguing of those pairings spanning a century of modern art from 1850 – 1950. How did Monet and Pissarro develop and steer Impressionism? Where did van Gogh and Gaugin’s lives and careers overlap? How did O’Keeffe and Stieglitz change the course of American modernist art? And what was the psychological impact of Pollock and Rothko? Join art history lecturer Matt Palczynski through the twists and turns of this in-depth art journey. Part four of this four-part series focuses on analyzing Abstraction with Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, who were in some ways so alike and in other ways so different. Pollock promoted a kind of art where the very act of its making was the art, naturally pushing art further in abstraction. Rothko hoped his canvases would poke at our inner archetypal selves, eliciting cathartic experiences —ones needed even more before, during and just after World War Two. Unpack how their passion for art and psychology cemented their legacies together.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.





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