Free Talk: Early Abstract Art in America

The public is invited to a free talk on Early Abstract Art in America by Marcie Slepian on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Rotary Room at the Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 

When did the first abstract art actually appear in America? Was it art exhibited by Alfred Stieglitz at his 291 gallery in 1907 and 1908 or the paintings of “Nature Symbolized’ by Arthur Dove of 1910? What was the impact of the European avant garde represented by Kandinsky, Picasso, and Duchamp in the shocking Armory Show of early 1913? Was Georgia O’Keefe the first to do purely abstract drawings? What was the first collection of abstract art to open to the public? Come find answers to these questions at this talk about a fascinating decade in the history of American art.

Marcie Slepian has been a resident of Fairfield for 34 years. She received an A.B. in Art from Brown University and a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University. She has been a lecturer at Fairfield University, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, and the Chautauqua Institution.

While her main interest is Italian Renaissance Art, years ago she did research on the first permanent collection of abstract art in America at Societe Anonyme, now part of the Yale Art Gallery.

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