The instructor knew a great deal about the art of the period, but less about Guggenheim's life, context, family, etc. Would recommend that she pause between sections to review questions that pertain to what she just presented versus waiting until the end (at which there were practically none) and or pausing within the section to answer them. In zoom, the best of the context conversations are just that - conversations, versus lectures. Interactivity is key, and that was weak here. Suggest perhaps the material be refreshed for an approach of historical context vs. just the artists she bought
We very much enjoyed this overview of Peggy Guggenheim's life and her patronage of 20th century art. The Guggenheim in Venice is one of our favorite museums in Europe. The seminar filled in some of the details of how Peggy became an art collector and how she amassed such a superb collection of abstract and surrealist works. Jennie Hirsh's seminars are always high quality and informative!
Having visited Venice and the amazing Peggy Guggenheim Museum a number of years ago, it was interesting to learn more about the experiences that shaped Guggenheim's colorful and accomplished life. This includes opportunities provided by wealth inherited at an early age that allowed her to become an important and unconventional fixture in the art world -- and friend to many artists. Throughout her lecture, Dr. Hirsh provided
important historical context (NYC, Paris before, during, and after WWII, and Venice) to help to explain Guggenheim's choices about what and whom to collect and where to live. The lecture was illustrated with slides that were in turn compelling, beautiful, and informative, including some of Guggenheim's Venetian home before and after it became a full-time museum. An enjoyable and informative 90 minutes. Highly recommended!
It was so great to get to hear Jennis Hirsh's lecture on Peggy. My husband and I so enjoyed the presentation!
It took us back to romantic Venice where we saw Peggy's home and collection many years ago! Really enjoyed Jennie's bio of Peggy - she was quit the gal! Jennie too!!!
Jennie Hirsch has a gift for interweaving the personal story of Peggy Guggenheim and the art she collected.