Professor Kenneth E. Silver at The Jewish Museum and The Barnes Foundation

20 Nov


Department of Art History Professor of Modern Art Kenneth E. Silver spoke on Marc Chagall at New York’s Jewish Museum on November 12th, and on Pablo Picasso at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, on November 14th.

Professor Silver delivered a lecture titled “Chagall, Jews, and Jesus” at The Jewish Museum in conjunction with the current exhibition there, Chagall: Love, War, and Exile.  As noted in the Museum’s press release, the exhibition “explores a significant but neglected period in the artist’s career, from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years [Chagall] spent in Paris and then in exile in New York.”  The exhibition, which opened on September 15th and which was organized by Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Senior Curator at The Jewish Museum, shows through February 2nd, 2014.

Silver also contributed an essay to the catalogue produced in conjunction with the exhibition, co-published by the museum and Yale University Press.

At The Barnes Foundation, Silver lectured on Picasso’s Blue and Rose Period works, with particular attention to paintings in Barnes’s collection, including The Ascetic (1903), Acrobat and Young Harlequin (1905), and Girl with a Goat (1906).  In addition to the works mentioned above, the Barnes’s holdings include several Analytic and Synthetic Cubist still-lifes as well as oil sketches associated with Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), a watershed in the history of modern art.

Kathryn A. Smith


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