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I am a 2006-2007 curatorial fellow here at the Walker. Before coming to Minnesota, I received my MA at Williams College in art history. My thesis was on Andy Warhol, but some other aritsts who inspire me are Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, Kara Walker, and Agnes Martin.

Was Picasso the first Pop artist?

The exhibition that’s now on view in the Walker galleries, Picasso and American Art, argues that Pop artists of the 1960s responded to Pablo Picasso’s art. But was Picasso himself a sort-of Pop artist? When Robert Rosenblum came to the Walker to give a lecture “ Cubism as Pop Art” in conjunction with the Picasso […]

ma-jolie.jpg maps.jpgThe exhibition that’s now on view in the Walker galleries, Picasso and American Art, argues that Pop artists of the 1960s responded to Pablo Picasso’s art. But was Picasso himself a sort-of Pop artist? When Robert Rosenblum came to the Walker to give a lecture “ Cubism as Pop Art” in conjunction with the Picasso show at the Walker in 1980, he argued that Picasso was indeed thinking Pop. I listened to a cassette tape of his lecture when I was searching in the archives for sound bites to put in our Picasso audio guide. We didn’t end up using any of the stuff I dug up, but this talk by Rosenblum was just too good to put back in the basement. So I decided to post audio of his lecture. (And despite the fact that we didn’t officially use any of the archival sound clips I found, Robin, our New Media guru, did have my voice appear on Art on Call reading some of the artist’s names, which was a pretty cool consolation prize.)

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