Spring lectures

Spring lectures

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Anonymous. Untitled photograph of children saluting a
poster of Francisco Franco, September 23, 1939.
Agencia EFE, Madrid.
April 3, 2015
Spring lectures

Fifth annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture:
Miriam Basilio, April 22, 2015
Twenty-seventh annual Hilla Rebay Lecture:
Hollis Clayson, May 12, 2015

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
5th Avenue at 89th Street
New York City


This spring, join us at the Guggenheim Museum for two engaging lectures on modern European art. Both events are free with no advanced registration and include a reception.


Fifth annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture
Miriam Basilio: “Ritual and Spectacle in Franco’s Regime”
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30pm

Although we are familiar with Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937) and imagery of the Spanish Civil War, the propaganda of Francisco Franco’s regime is still largely unknown. Majestic portraits and posters of the dictator drew on Spanish baroque painting, modern photography, and contemporary advertising. Museums and exhibitions were staged as sites of ritual, spectacle, and national tourism, practices at times indebted to the arts of Fascist Italy under Benito Mussolini. This lecture will consider the art and culture—and its context—of Franco’s Spain.

Miriam M. Basilio is Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on visual and exhibition cultures, propaganda, and the history of exhibitions of Spanish and Latin American art. Her book Visual Propaganda, Exhibitions, and the Spanish Civil War was published by Ashgate in 2013. Basilio served as a curator for the exhibition MoMA at El Museo: Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (2003).

The annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture series honors the wide-ranging career of Robert Rosenblum (1927–2006), former Guggenheim Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art and Henry Ittleson Jr. Professor of Modern European Art, New York University, whose celebrated work included projects on Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and the depiction of dogs in art. This series is facilitated by donors to the Robert Rosenblum Fund who are gratefully acknowledged for their generosity.


Twenty-seventh annual Hilla Rebay Lecture 
Hollis Clayson: “Episodes from the Visual Culture of Electric Paris”
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm

Professor Clayson’s analysis of Parisian visual culture is rooted in the often overlooked fact that lighting (éclairage) was a key attribute of the City of Light in the 19th century. Clayson maintains that the forms of artificial illumination, their visual properties, and the era’s debates about them provided circumstances that stimulated aesthetically innovative art. Her lecture will analyze works by Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and several of the era’s leading caricaturists.

Hollis Clayson is a historian of 19th-century art, and Professor of Art History and Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University. In 2013–14, she served as the Samuel H. Kress Professor in the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; and in 2014, she was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government in honor of her advancement of French culture. Her current book, Electric Paris: The Visual Cultures of the City of Light in the Era of Thomas Edison, is underway.

The Hilla Rebay Lecture brings distinguished scholars to the Guggenheim Museum to examine significant issues in the theory, criticism, and history of art. This annual program is made possible by The Hilla von Rebay Foundation.


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