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Symposium, John Storrs and the American Avant-Garde

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

John Storrs’s studio, undated. 1 photographic print: b&w; 13 x 18 cm. Courtesy of the John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1847-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian InstitutionJohn Storrs and the American Avant-Garde

John Storrs (1885 - 1956) was one of the foremost sculptors to emerge in the United States in the early twentieth century. As an artist who divided his time between Chicago, New York, and Paris in the 1910s and 1920s, his work was uniquely poised at the forefront of both the European and American avant-garde movements. This scholarly symposium, organized by David B. Dearinger, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings & Sculpture at the Boston Athenæum, and curator and author Debra Bricker Balken, will examine Storrs’s interactions with modernist artists and place him in the context of his times.

This symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “John Storrs, Machine-Age Modernist,” which has been organized and is on view at the Boston Athenæum from May 12 through September 3, 2010. Major funding for this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue has been provided by The Henry Luce Foundation, Cushing Academy, The Florence Gould Foundation, and Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Additional funding provided by the Susan Morse Hilles Bicentennial Fund for Exhibitions, Donors to the Richard Wendorf Bicentennial Fund for Exhibitions, Elizabeth and Robert Owens, Anne and Joseph P. Pellegrino, Sandy and Jim Righter, and two anonymous donors.

For more information on the symposium read here.

To Reserve: Reservations are required but will not be accepted until April 1, 2010. Please call the Boston Athenaeum's reservation line, 617-720-7600. There is no fee for this event.

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