The Kimbell Art Museum’s new exhibition Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910–1912 opens with a free inaugural lecture. Harry Cooper, curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., will present “What Was Cubism?” on Saturday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Darnell Street auditorium, across Van Cliburn Way from the Museum.
Cooper will address some of the most basic questions raised by the artistic experiment known as Cubism. The movement reached its apogee exactly 100 years ago, and since then the dense, cryptic works of its “Analytic” phase have proven decisive for modern art. They have also continued to stimulate and baffle interpretation. Are they witty or melancholic? What do they mean? What do they even show? Looking closely at selected paintings in the exhibition as well as Cubist works that preceded and followed them, Cooper will answer some of these questions and pose others.
This lecture is free; no reservations are required. Priority admission reserved for Kimbell members who present a current membership card at least 20 minutes before the program begins.