Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture: William Wegman

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William Wegman. Photo: courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York

Lectures & Symposia

Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture: William Wegman

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

In honor of the beloved Robert Rosenblum (1927–2006), former Guggenheim Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art and Henry Ittleson Jr. Professor of Modern European Art at New York University, the Guggenheim Museum is delighted to present a program featuring the artist William Wegman and museum director Richard Armstrong in conversation.

Spanning over four decades of creative practice in drawing, painting, performance, photography, and video, Wegman has been referred to as the “most accessible, and in his own way, richly human of all Conceptual artists” (New York Times). While this expansive body of work is renowned for its humorous, whimsical view of everyday life, Wegman’s use of irony and deadpan wit reveals an equally quirky, sardonic mind at work. Moving fluidly between conceptual work, painting and ongoing collaborations with his celebrated troupe of Weimaraners, Wegman reflects upon a singular artistic career.

The Guggenheim’s Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture series honors the wide-ranging career of Rosenblum. From the important Transformations in Late 18th-Century Art (1967) to The Dog in Art from Rococo to Post-Modernism (1988), Rosenblum reveled in what he called ‘the messy mix’ of high and low” (New York Times). Equally, Rosenblum was a much beloved teacher receiving New York University’s distinguished teaching award in 2005.

$18, $15 members. Free student tickets are no longer available; students with valid ID may purchase tickets at the members price of $5.

A reception and viewing of Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe will follow the lecture.

This series is facilitated by donors to the Robert Rosenblum Fund who are gratefully acknowledged for their generosity.