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~Renowned Art Curator Kirk Varnedoe to Deliver Bakwin Lecture~

For immediate release:
March 28, 2002

Mary Ann Hill,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Kirk Varnedoe, one of most distinguished art curators in the United States, will give an illustrated lecture, "Van Gogh's Postman: The Portraits of Joseph Roulin," at 5 pm at Wellesley College on April 4. Held in Jewett Auditorium, the event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. The event is the Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Lecture, the Art Department's annual lecture celebrating outstanding scholarship and practice in the field of art.

As the chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art for 14 years, Varnedoe organized major retrospectives of Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, and Cy Twombly and ambitious thematic exhibitions such as "Vienna 1900" and "High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture." Varnedoe has a distinguished teaching record, including appointments at Williams College, Stanford and Columbia Universities, and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, on whose faculty he continues to serve. In January 2002, he began an appointment to the faculty of School of Historical Studies at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton.

Varnedoe's early art scholarship stems back to the early 1970s when he spent three years in Paris researching Rodin's drawings and their numerous forgeries. His resulting dissertation has been called "the first sound chronology" of the artist's drawings and included criteria for distinguishing between the authentic and inauthentic works. Varnedoe also has contributed groundbreaking scholarship to the fields of Impressionism, Scandinavian art, contemporary art, and the history of photography.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1993, Varnedoe was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 1984. The author of more than 18 books, he has received numerous honors, including a knighthood and two honorary degrees.

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