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Trompe-L'esprit: Cubism and the Play of the Imagination at the Kimbell Art Museum

Christine Poggi, professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, will present a free lecture titled “Trompe-l’esprit: Cubism and the Play of the Imagination” on Friday, June 10, at 6 p.m., in the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium.

In this free lecture, Poggi will discuss Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque’s delight in making works that do not so much “trompe-l’oeil” (fool the eye), as “trompe-l’esprit” (fool the mind), thereby inviting spectators into a scene of play. Treating existing forms of representation drawn from both high art and popular culture like decks of cards to be intercut and reshuffled according to new rules, Cubism emerged through imaginative dialogue and play. It sprung from the belief, articulated by Picasso, that “nature and art, being two different things, cannot be the same thing. Through art we express our conception of what nature is not.”

Poggi has written several publications, including “Inventing Futurism: The Art and Politics of Artificial Optimism” (Princeton University Press, 2009), which was awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association. She is also co-editor of a new collection of Futurist manifestos, creative texts, and images titled “Futurism: An Anthology” (Yale University Press, 2009) and has been the recipient of many notable fellowships.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres ($7) will be served in the Museum’s Buffet Restaurant prior to the lecture, beginning at 5 p.m. No reservations necessary. Admission to the lecture is free.

Kimbell Art Museum hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-332-8451 or visit online at

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