Joachim Pissarro


Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:30 – 8 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

James L. Weinberg Distinguished Lecture

Joachim Pissarro, Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, speaks about the work of his great-grandfather Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, whose work is currently on view in Scenes from the Collection. The talk will focus on the numerous parallels between Camille Pissarro and Barnett Newman—separated historically by half a century, geographically by two different continents, and linguistically by two different languages. But they were reunited on several strong grounds: both were born to Jewish parents, even though later in life, chose not to observe any religion. Politically, both artists also identified as anarchists. Most importantly, both Pissarro and Newman shared a deep-abiding interest in searching for and developing a pictorial language that would celebrate simplicity.

Joachim Pissarro (b. 1959) is an art historian, theoretician, educator, and director of the Hunter College Galleries. He has taught at Yale University, Osaka University, Sydney University, before becoming the Bershad Professor of Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York. He has held curatorial positions at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He had two major exhibitions in Paris in 2017, Pissarro à Eragny at the Musée du Luxembourg along with his catalogue essay “L’Eragny de Pissarro” and Olga Picasso at the Musée Picasso, Paris (which will be traveling to the Pushkin Museum in Fall 2018), along with his catalogue essay “Il n’ya pas eu d’époque néo-classique chez Picasso—seulement une époque Olga.” His forthcoming book (Penn State University), Aesthetics of the Margins / Margins of Aesthetics, follows where Wild Art (Phaidon) 2013 is also co-authored with David Carrier.

The James L. Weinberg Distinguished Lecture is made possible by the Marshall M. Weinberg Fund, with additional support from Marshall M. Weinberg.  

Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum Members. Includes Museum Admission and extended gallery hours until 6:30 pm. 

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Camille Pissarro, Portail l'église Saint-Jacques à Dieppe, 1901. Oil on canvas. Gift of Judith and Thomas Iovino

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