New Angles on Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”

New Angles on Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

Presented by critic-in-residence Karen Schiff, in conjunction with the 2022 Core Exhibition 

This lecture offers new ways of looking at Pablo Picasso’s famous 1907 painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon), which changed the course of modern art. The presentation explores hidden figures, spatial illusions, and a blurring of the conventional separation between the seer and the seen. New perspectives prompt not only a reconsideration of the iconic artwork, but also an examination of assumptions about engaging with art and with people.

Core Program lectures are open to the public, and admission is free. This event takes place in Favrot Auditorium at the Glassell School of Art. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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About the Speaker
Karen Schiff is an artist, writer, and educator. As a critic-in-residence in the 2021–2022 class of the Core Program, she is reinterpreting Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

About the Core Residency Program
Established in 1982, the Glassell School of Art’s Core Residency Program offers postgraduate residencies for art critics and visual artists.

The Core Program at the Glassell School of Art receives generous funding from The Joseph & Sylvia Slifka Foundation; The Powell Foundation; and The Glassell Family Foundation.

Core fellowships have been underwritten by Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.; Anchorage Foundation of Texas; Mr. Brad Blume; Ms. Bettie Cartwright; Mr. and Mrs. Jamal H. Daniel; The Dickson-Allen Foundation; Mr. Ronald A. Logan; McClain Gallery; and The Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation, Inc.


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