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Stoddard Art Lecture: Joachim Pissarro – Wild Art

June 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for this special live webinar on Thursday June 18th at 7:00 pm EST.


There is the art we learn about, admire and revere through the traditional channels of galleries and museums, critics and art historians. Then there is “wild art,” which Joachim Pissarro, distinguished art historian, tells us occupies another world – a world outside of sanctioned “taste” that has the same power to inspire and elicit joy. Joachim Pissarro is interested in all these art Worlds.

His book, Wild Art (Phaidon, 2013), with co-author David Carrier, is a celebration of offbeat, outrageous artworks—from pimped cars and graffiti to body art, ice sculpture, and flash mobs. Its success led to the more philosophical Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics (Penn State, 2018), in which the duo delves into what drives alternative art, investigates its marginalization, and advocates for a definition of taste in which each expression is acknowledged as being different while deserving equal merit.

Joachim Pissarro is the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, Hunter College, CUNY/City University of New York. He was a Curator at MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture. His teaching and writing focus on the challenges facing art history due to the unprecedented proliferation of art works, images, and visual data.

Biography | Joachim Pissarro

The Stoddard Art Lecture series was established in the fall of 2011 to enrich and broaden the community’s understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts in all its forms. This lecture was created to honor Pat and Hud Stoddard and their numerous contributions to New Canaan.


June 18, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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