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Alexander Archipenko, Women IV, watercolor and graphite on paper, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © 2014 Estate of Alexander Archipenko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Alexander Archipenko in Context

Friday, May 30, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Anna Tahinci, instructor of art history, the Glassell School of Art, and affiliate professor of art history, University of Houston.

Alexander Archipenko (1887–1964) invented a whole new way of exploring the human figure not only in his two- and three-dimensional artworks, but also in his “sculpto-paintings”—low-relief collages that mix sculptural volumes and pictorial surfaces.

Anna Tahinci examines the artist’s evolution from classical to modern and puts Archipenko’s radical innovations in the context of European and American avant-garde art. By interlocking concave and convex forms and by experimenting with negative space and hollow voids, Archipenko renewed the depiction of forms and moved from figuration to an almost abstract simplification with originality and freshness.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Alexander Archipenko: The Berlin Drawings.

About the Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series
This series of lectures is held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. with a repeat on Saturdays at 4 p.m. in Brown Auditorium Theater. A reception to meet the speaker and a “Your Turn to Speak” tour follow each lecture.

$5 Museum members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission
Free for Members at the Patron, Supporting, Sponsor, and Benefactor levels, up to two tickets. Leadership Circle members receive unlimited free tickets.
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Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures at the MFAH receive generous support from Aggie and Joe Foster.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.