About the event

Alfred H. Barr, Jr., museum director and curator.

Under the auspices of the Rockefeller family, Alfred H. Barr, Jr. (1902–1981) became the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in 1929. What were the strategies and stories that the founder of the Museum of Modern Art fashioned in his conception of American modernism? This lecture focuses on the art historical context for Barr’s layout of the original space, the positioning of the institution in the international art scene and the wide acceptance of the style of the artists the museum collected.

This event was held in conjuction with the James Gallery exhibition "The Making of Americans." For more information, click here.