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    Masterpiece Lecture Series: Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

    Presented by at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    February 23, 2012

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    Masterpiece Lecture Series: Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

    The Masterpiece Lectures will reconnect audiences with the Museum’s collection through talks that both celebrate and question the concept of the “masterpiece.” The series is conceived by new Curator of the Collection Oliver Tostmann, in collaboration with Curator of Contemporary Art Pieranna Cavalchini and Esther Stiles Eastman Curator of Education and Public Programs Margaret Burchenal.

    “The word...

    The Masterpiece Lectures will reconnect audiences with the Museum’s collection through talks that both celebrate and question the concept of the “masterpiece.” The series is conceived by new Curator of the Collection Oliver Tostmann, in collaboration with Curator of Contemporary Art Pieranna Cavalchini and Esther Stiles Eastman Curator of Education and Public Programs Margaret Burchenal.

    “The word ‘masterpiece’ has different meanings across mediums and culture,” said Tostmann. “It is exciting to create opportunities for dialogue about the role that influential artists and collectors have played in assigning celebrity to certain works of art, and the changing idea of a masterwork over time.”

    The series will begin on February 23 with a lecture by Glenn Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art, examining the changing nature of the masterpiece in modern art, beginning with Pablo Picasso’s celebrated 1907 painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and concluding with Pipilotti Rist’s monumental 2008 installation, Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters), at The Museum of Modern Art. Following Lowry, seven other scholars will explore the topic of “masterpiece,” including Richard Ormond, Jas’ Elsner, Vittoria Di Palma, Robert Mowry, Katy Siegel, and David Alan Brown.


    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    280 The Fenway
    Boston, MA 02115

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    Admission Info:

    Gardner Museum Members* FREE

    Adults $15

    Seniors (65+) $12

    College Students w/ ID $5

    All named “Isabella” FREE

    Anyone on his or her birthday FREE

    Students, faculty, and employees of Gardner Museum University Members and corporate partners FREE

    $2 off admission for anyone wearing Red Sox paraphernalia (Isabella Gardner was an avid Red Sox fan) or with a Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) ticket stub (valid within two days).

    *Visitors who join the Gardner during their visit can apply their admission cost toward the price of a new membership.


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    7:00 p.m.


    Phone: 617.278.5156

    Parking: Paid parking is available at the Museum of Fine Arts garage or lot on Museum Road, two blocks from the Gardner. Metered street parking is also available.


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