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In 1970, five art students conspired to carry out the request that artist Shusaku Arakawa (1936-2010) stenciled into his painting Untitled (1969): “IF POSSIBLE STEAL ANYONE OF THESE DRAWINGS INCLUDING THIS SENTENCE.” The performative art caper raised questions of ownership and artistic agency. In a conversation moderated by curator Patricia Hickson, hear the original thieves-artists discuss their plot to remove Arakawa’s work from the Dwan Gallery in New York and the story of its accession into the collections of the Wadsworth. Free. Registration link will be available soon.
Image: Installation view of Shusaku Arakawa, Untitled (Stolen), 1969. Oil on canvas. Gift of “The Thieves”: Gregory, Landis, Lewis, Crane, and Kahn
In the 1930s, Pierre Matisse developed his art business, which included overseeing the works of his father, Henri, and the trade of African, Oceanic, and Indigenous art of the Americas. Megan O’Neil, curator and professor of art history at Emory University, explores the history of an Olmec figurine that Pierre Matisse sold to the Wadsworth in 1937, and the journeys of this ancient Mexican work in relation to the transatlantic art trade. Free. Registration link will be available soon.
Portrait: Megan O’Neil; Image: Seated Dwarf, 900–600 BCE, Mesoamerican, Mexico, Olmec. Hematite. The Henry D. Miller Fund, 1937.85
The War between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated, an 1851 account of the war featuring twelve detailed hand-colored prints, is one of the treasures in the Wadsworth’s Auerbach Art Library. With the generous support of the Auerbach Library Associates, conservator Laura O’Brien Miller has meticulously mended and cleaned the volume, considered a masterpiece of nineteenth-century publishing. Miller provides an overview of her treatment with librarian Amy Kilkenny and curator Erin Monroe, who outlines the volume’s fascinating production, its role as a record of the war, and its associations with Hartford. Co-sponsored by the Auerbach Library Associates. Free. Registration link will be available soon.