Last Noon Talk of the semester a success!

Our final Noon Talk of the semester was yesterday, May 2nd, from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. in the first floor Art of the Western World gallery. History of Art Professor Janet Kennedy spoke to a crowd of over 45 attendees(!) about a set of four drawings, received by the museum in a recent bequest, by Russian-born theatrical designer and painter Pavel Tchelitchew (1898–1957).

Above, our Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator for Works on Paper, Nan Brewer, introduces Dr. Kennedy.

These works highlight some consistent themes throughout Tchelitchew’s work, specifically the human body integrated with nature.

Look at that amazing turnout!

Tchelitchew is most well-known for a particular painting owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, called Hide and Seek. After the MoMA acquired the painting in 1942 and put it on display in the 3rd floor lobby, it was a magnet for viewers for around 5 decades. Unfortunately, it was moved to storage after renovations in the early 2000s.

I spy a Swing Landscape

Professor Kennedy is retiring from the History of Art department this spring after many years of dedicated service to her field, the IU student body, and the Bloomington community. We are thrilled that she agreed to give this talk, and the turnout was outstanding, a testament to her positive, far-reaching influence here at IU. Thank you for everything, Dr. Kennedy!

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