From Klimt to Schiele: Highlights of the Neue Galerie with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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Established in 2001, The Neue Galerie has become New York City’s premier attraction on “Museum Mile” for enthusiasts of German and Austrian art and design. As the museum reopens to the public this summer, this seminar offers a virtual visit designed to prepare for a more meaningful in-person visit or, alternatively, to substitute for that experience. Focused on both fine and decorative arts, we will examine highlights of the collection with paintings by Klimt, Schiele, Kandinsky, and Klee and then turn our attention to a range of design objects including furniture, clocks, and silverware by designers such as Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe.

Housed within the William Starr Miller House—itself a Beaux-Arts architectural treasure whose exquisite 2001 renovation we will consider—this expansive collection is organized across the museum’s upper two floors.  We will study works from Austria, concentrating on masterpieces by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele along with decorative objects by the artisans of the Wiener Werkstätte collective and the Vienna Secession movement. Additionally, this conversation will spotlight Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, the so-called "Woman in Gold" that fetched the highest ever price for a painting in a private sale via Christie’s, the painting was confiscated by the Nazis in 1941 and explain how it entered into the Neue Galerie in 2006. Finally, we will move upstairs to discuss various German works from the same era, exploring major art movements such as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Die Brücke (The Bridge), and the Bauhaus as they are richly represented in the Neue Galerie’s core collection. Featured artists from this era will include Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, and Marianne Brandt.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will take visitors back in time as we learn more about the many unique Austrian and German masterminds immortalized within the Neue Galerie collection. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of the key artists and designers that contributed to German and Austrian visual culture during the early twentieth century.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Laura (Longmeadow, US)
Wonderful Seminar

I have been to the Neue Galerie twice and enjoyed both of my visits . After attending Jennie’s seminar I cannot wait to return. It was fantastic!

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Sarah okoon (Louisville, US)
just like being there

All inclusive presentation of the building, history of the museum, many examples of work within, highlights of important people.......Covered subject thoroughly

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Fran Mossberg (Warwick, US)

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Laura (Longmeadow, US)
Wonderful Seminar

I have been to the Neue Galerie twice and enjoyed both of my visits . After attending Jennie’s seminar I cannot wait to return. It was fantastic!

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Sarah okoon (Louisville, US)
just like being there

All inclusive presentation of the building, history of the museum, many examples of work within, highlights of important people.......Covered subject thoroughly

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Fran Mossberg (Warwick, US)

wonderful lecture
knowledgeable
enjoyable experience
experienced teacher

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Henry (Mission Viejo, US)

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