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Lecture 10/24/2019 07:30 PM
Manuel Fontán del Junco
Gertrude Stein wrote that the formula “modern museum” was a contradiction in terms. In 1929, at age 27, the young art historian Alfred Hamilton Barr Jr. founded the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and was elected its first director. When he retired in 1967, Barr had well and truly broken Stein’s curse and converted the MoMA into the canonical museum of modernity.
This lecture by the Director of Museums and Exhibitions of the Fundación Juan March, Manuel Fontán del Junco, analyses the figure and significance of Alfred H. Barr for the art and culture of our time.