Peggy Guggenheim: Modern Art and Collecting in New York, London, and Venice with Jennie Hirsh

Peggy Guggenheim: Modern Art and Collecting in New York, London, and Venice with Jennie Hirsh


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This lecture provides an introduction to the rich and colorful life of Peggy Guggenheim, whose name is synonymous with one of the most extensive and exemplary private collections of European and American modernist art currently housed in her former home uniquely perched on the Grand Canal in Venice. Tracing Guggenheim’s adventures from her early travels throughout Europe as a voracious student and then supporter of avant-garde artists under the direction of critic Herbert Read, we will examine her earlier endeavors as a commercial gallerist in London, through her Guggenheim Jeune, and in New York, at her Art of This Century on West 57th St.

Highlights of this conversation include Ms. Guggenheim's critical patronage of artists like Jackson Pollock and Alexander Calder and her collaborations with figures such as Frederick Kiesler, whose unique installation practices at Art of This Century remain some of the most spectacular displays in the history of modern art. We will also examine how she first displayed her collection in the Greek Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 1948. Finally, drawing on excerpts from her autobiography, we will discuss how her energetic, fierce, and fun-loving personality allowed her to create a collection whose legacy remains an invaluable educational touchstone for modern art and collecting.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will illustrate not only key works by artists such as Piet Mondrian, René Magritte, Max Ernst, and Giorgio de Chirico but also the magical house and garden in which her vision and spirit live on today.

Jennie Hirsh (PhD, Bryn Mawr College) is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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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

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Peggy Guggenheim's Life and Art

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!

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Another enjoyable and informative lecture by Dr. Jennie Hirsh

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!

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Great Friday Night with Jennis

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!!!
best,
Sandy

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Excellence in engaging the audience

Jennie Hirsch has a gift for interweaving the personal story of Peggy Guggenheim and the art she collected.

Customer Reviews

Based on 22 reviews
95%
(21)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
5%
(1)
0%
(0)
A
A.

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

M
M.F.
Peggy Guggenheim's Life and Art

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!

C
C.
Another enjoyable and informative lecture by Dr. Jennie Hirsh

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!

S
S.
Great Friday Night with Jennis

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!!!
best,
Sandy

E
E.
Excellence in engaging the audience

Jennie Hirsch has a gift for interweaving the personal story of Peggy Guggenheim and the art she collected.