Lectures

Lectures

In coordination with the special exhibition, “Paula Modersohn-Becker: Ich bin Ich / I am Me,” Neue Galerie New York is delighted to host a lecture series with a focus on various aspects of Paula Modersohn-Becker’s life and work.

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PAULA MODERSOHN-BECKER: BECOMING ME

Jill Lloyd, Art Historian, Writer, Curator

Exhibition curator Jill Lloyd will deliver an opening night lecture exploring Paula Modersohn-Becker’s tenacious battle for independence, both as an artist and a woman during her short yet extremely intense and productive career. She will describe Modersohn-Becker’s interaction with artists and writers of her times, including the poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

Organized in conjunction with A Weekend with Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Thursday, June 6, 6:30 P.M.

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PAULA MODERSOHN-BECKER: THE FIRST MODERN WOMAN ARTIST

Diane Radycki, Art Historian, Professor and Gallery Director Emerita, Moravian College

"Ich bin Ich ('I am me'), and I hope to become me more and more. This surely is the point of all our struggles." In her lecture, Diane Radycki looks at the "me" Paula Modersohn-Becker struggled to become: at her place in the history of art, including her redefinition of the female nude, and at her ever-growing posthumous reputation. A mere twenty years after a lifetime of no recognition, she became the first European woman artist to be honored with her own museum (1927). In this century she became the earliest woman artist to be displayed in the permanent collection galleries of the Museum of Modern Art (2017).

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 P.M.

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CURATOR CONVERSATION: PAULA MODERSOHN-BECKER AND KÄTHE KOLLWITZ

Starr Figura, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art
Jay A. Clarke, Rothman Family Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago

Join us for a conversation by curators Starr Figura and Jay A. Clarke about two major females in the history of German Expressionism and the imprint they left on art history of the twentieth century and beyond.

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 P.M.

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CREATIVE ACTS

Anne Higonnet, Barbara Novak Professor of Art History, Barnard College

​​How to express the hopes, fears, and physical experience of pregnancy or birth? Such subjects remained invisible until women began to become confident professional artists. This talk looks at some of the beautiful solutions to a vital human challenge, including by Berthe Morisot, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Louise Bourgeois, Heiji Shin, and Carmen Winant.

Thursday, August 1, 6:30 P.M.

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"FERVOR OF MOTHERLY LOVE”: THE RECEPTION OF PAULA MODERSOHN-BECKER’S ART IN WEIMAR GERMANY

Michelle Vangen, Adjunct Professor, Kingsborough College

When Paula Modersohn-Becker died in 1907, she was essentially unknown as a painter. Within just two decades of her death, however, she had become the first woman artist in Germany to have a museum devoted to her art. In her talk, Michelle Vangen will explore how Modersohn-Becker’s fascination with motherhood, a theme she addressed repeatedly in her art, led to her rise to national renown in the 1920s. During a time when traditional gender roles were in flux, conservative art critics and collectors celebrated Modersohn-Becker’s ability to give visual form to the “fervor of motherly love.”

Thursday, August 22, 6:30 P.M.

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"I AGITATE AGAINST YOU WITH A THOUSAND TONGUES OF LOVE”: PAULA MODERSOHN-BECKER AND RAINER MARIA RILKE’S LETTERS

Ulrich Baer, University Professor, NYU

Paula Modersohn-Becker and Rainer Maria Rilke, two of the most important creative artists of early twentieth-century Europe, enjoyed a close friendship that left in its wake a remarkable series of letters. These deeply personal letters offer a poignant portrait of their unusually intense relationship, and of the two artists' views on art, life, love, and marriage during a period of artistic upheaval.

Monday, September 9, 6: 30 P.M.

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LITERATUR CAFÉ

Literatur Café features conversations on literature, translation, the art of writing, and literary reception. You can bring your own book or buy a copy of the featured book and have it signed.

 

"THE ART OF LITTLE RUSES"

BILLY WILDER'S EARLY WRITINGS

Before Billy Wilder became the screenwriter and director of iconic films like Sunset Boulevard and Some Like It Hot, he worked as a freelance reporter, first in Vienna and then in Weimar Berlin. From a humorous account of Wilder’s stint as a hired dancing companion in a posh Berlin hotel and his dispatches from the international film scene to his astute profiles of writers, performers, and political figures, these pieces offer fresh insights into the creative mind of one of classical Hollywood’s most revered writer-directors. As a freelancer, Wilder covered everything: big-city sensations, jazz performances, film and theater openings, dance, photography, and all manner of mass entertainment.

Join film historian Noah Isenberg and award-winning translator Shelley Frisch for a conversation, rich in anecdotes and animated by some of the writer’s most colorful passages, about their book "Billy Wilder on Assignment" and its enduring place in our imagination. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

Thursday, March 28, 6:30 P.M.

 

THE DIARIES OF FRANZ KAFKA

Dating from 1909 to 1923, the handwritten diaries of Franz Kafka contain various kinds of writing: accounts of daily events, reflections, observations, literary sketches, drafts of letters, accounts of dreams, as well as finished stories. The Neue Galerie hosted a special evening with award-winning translator Ross Benjamin and New York Times bestselling author André Aciman, who discussed Benjamin’s groundbreaking new translation of “The Diaries of Franz Kafka,” complete and uncensored for the first time in print.This volume makes available for the first time in English a comprehensive reconstruction of the diary entries and provides substantial new content, including details, names, literary works, and passages of a sexual nature that were omitted from previous publications. By faithfully reproducing the diaries’ distinctive—and often surprisingly unpolished—writing in Kafka’s notebooks, translator Benjamin brings to light not only the author’s use of the diaries for literary experimentation and private self-expression, but also their value as a work of art in themselves.

Free Online Program

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