The exhibition Picasso, Lydia and Friends is intended to highlight the contributions Lydia Gasman, a renowned Picasso scholar and beloved professor of modernist art history at the University of Virginia, made to the field of Picasso and Modernism in general. It will feature important prints by Pablo Picasso that deal with some of the themes Professor Gasman wrote about and lectured on, such as the cabana and its symbolism, the bullfight, and Picasso’s writings. These prints will be shown alongside Gasman’s annotated, rigorously analyzed and colorfully deconstructed papers and books, in particular her copy of Picasso’s Writings. The exhibition will also feature some of Gasman’s constructions and paintings as well as work by colleagues, friends, and artists who shared aspects of her vision. These artists include Anne Chesnut, Dean Dass, Rosemarie Fiore, Sanda Iliescu, David Summers and Russ Warren.
The opening for this exhibition will take place on Friday August 31 from 5:30 – 7:30, while the official launch of the archive will take place on Saturday September 22. A variety of events including a Picasso symposium, exhibition talk, auction and Dinner to benefit the Archive are planned for Saturday, September 22.