Masterpieces at MoMA: New York's Modern Art Collection with Christian Breed

Masterpieces at MoMA: New York's Modern Art Collection with Christian Breed


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Our conversation will dive into the history of Western modernism – starting with the constructivist brushstrokes of Paul Cézanne and winding into Picasso’s forays into African art, Amedeo Modigliani’s obsession with masks, and Georges Braque’s first collages. Our expert will also guide us through tracing Henri Matisse’s flat color planes back to their origins in Moroccan tile work. 
Together we will learn about the subsequent revolutions of Dada and Surrealism and their counterparts in Italian Futurism. This trajectory will be capped off by an in-depth look at the massive yet minimalist sculpture of Richard Serra. 
Led by a Professor of Art History at the School of Visual Arts in New York, this seminar is designed to inspire curiosity as well as future visits to New York's MoMA. Participants will acquire a full sense of the development of European art, its roots in African and Islamic art, and how it laid the groundwork for American abstraction. 

Christian Breed is a professor of Art History at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, an MFA from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2017, and an Advanced Curatorial Certificate from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2017. He worked and exhibited in Italy from 2003-2012, and his work has been included in the exhibitions Wet Paint (curated by Harry Cooper) at the Workhouse Arts Center, Virginia (2017), Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition (2017), Premio Razzano, Museo del Arte Contemporanea del Sannio (2011), Apeiron (solo), Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea (2009), Biennale Giovani, Villa Reale, Monza (IT)(2009), and Premio Maretti, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Della Repubblica di San Marino (RSM) (2005). He is a recipient of the 2015 Kossak Travel Grant, and is co-curator of Copy Translate Repeat, from the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (2018).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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A. (South Orange, US)
Another Great Lecture

Context Conversations gets the greatest lecturers. Christian Breed is a gem. The hardest thing about his talk was keeping up with him as I was furiously taking notes. I have seen many of the paintings he talked about, but he presented both the artists and the paintings in ways I had never heard before. I got both historical context and what personally motivated the artists. I'd love to attend more of his lectures.

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P.Z. (Pittsburgh, US)
MOMA--A must

Christian is fantastic. Very Knowledgeable and fun lecture. A wonderful context talk. Would love a live guided tour with Christian at MOMA! Thank you

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M.K. (Havre de Grace, US)
A Painter's Insights

What a gift, to be given the chance to interact with an artist, one who teaches as well as makes.
Besides having struggled through to the making of art, Breed has taken the time to translate what he has learned about the different processes and approaches an artist might take into complete, cogent, talks.
An artist who can deliver facts and interpretations to a general audience and think on his feet, fielding questions not just about technique or color palettes or surface, but what an artist might have been thinking or their belief systems which informed what they were trying to say with their work, without falling back on cliches or some generally-accepted scholarship, is a gift.
Breed is someone who's managed to move above making art, to teaching other artists, to being able to communicate what he understands about art to the general public.
And that makes him something rare.
Thank you, Context, for making Prof. Breed, and other teachers and scholars and artists like him, available to us.

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Virginia (Cincinnati, US)
Time we'll spent

Chris provided insight into the artistic process that had not appreciated before. His depth of knowledge was impressive.

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
71%
(10)
21%
(3)
7%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
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A. (South Orange, US)
Another Great Lecture

Context Conversations gets the greatest lecturers. Christian Breed is a gem. The hardest thing about his talk was keeping up with him as I was furiously taking notes. I have seen many of the paintings he talked about, but he presented both the artists and the paintings in ways I had never heard before. I got both historical context and what personally motivated the artists. I'd love to attend more of his lectures.

P
P.Z. (Pittsburgh, US)
MOMA--A must

Christian is fantastic. Very Knowledgeable and fun lecture. A wonderful context talk. Would love a live guided tour with Christian at MOMA! Thank you

M
M.K. (Havre de Grace, US)
A Painter's Insights

What a gift, to be given the chance to interact with an artist, one who teaches as well as makes.
Besides having struggled through to the making of art, Breed has taken the time to translate what he has learned about the different processes and approaches an artist might take into complete, cogent, talks.
An artist who can deliver facts and interpretations to a general audience and think on his feet, fielding questions not just about technique or color palettes or surface, but what an artist might have been thinking or their belief systems which informed what they were trying to say with their work, without falling back on cliches or some generally-accepted scholarship, is a gift.
Breed is someone who's managed to move above making art, to teaching other artists, to being able to communicate what he understands about art to the general public.
And that makes him something rare.
Thank you, Context, for making Prof. Breed, and other teachers and scholars and artists like him, available to us.

A
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Virginia (Cincinnati, US)
Time we'll spent

Chris provided insight into the artistic process that had not appreciated before. His depth of knowledge was impressive.