Peggy Guggenheim During World War II: Preserving a Generation of Art
Brown Bag Program presented by Meghan Ruyle Illinois State Museum IC intern Summer 2018
Wednesday, June 19, Noon-1:00 pm
Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., Springfield
Free and open to the public
The Jewish-American art collector Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim, self-appointed "Midwife to Modern Art," collected many modern artworks of her time that are now considered foundational to the mid-nineteenth century Avant-Garde Art Movement. This talk directs attention to the duration of time Guggenheim spent in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, when she unyieldingly committed herself to saving many acclaimed modern artworks and artists from the perils of war. Without Guggenheim's zealous commitment to this task, modern artworks like the Bird in Space and artists like Ernst may have disappeared into obscurity. The aforementioned circumstance necessitates the question, "Would modern art be what it is today if not for Guggenheim's selfless intervention during World War II?"
Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed from the new gate on Ash St. and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 558-6696.