Peggy Guggenheim: A Life Well Lived
“Having plenty of time and all the museum’s funds at my disposal, I put myself on a regime to buy one picture a day. “
– Peggy Guggenheim
A colorful character who was not only ahead of her time, but also helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but also artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp and countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.
Marlene Strauss lectures annually at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the 21st Century Club in Cleveland. She has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the French Embassy (of Cultural A airs) in New York and at many museums, town halls, women’s clubs and organizations throughout the United States.
She is a former board member of the National Academy of Design in New York and IFAR (International Foundation for Art Research), and served as secretary-treasurer of the Archaeological Institute of America. In 1978, as an officer of the AIA, she was appointed diplomatic courier to Christos Doumas, director of excavations on the Greek Island of Santorini.
The Esther B. O’Keeffe Speaker Series features notable speakers from the fields of politics, culture and the media. Lectures take place January through March on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Book signings, when offered, are held in the O’Keeffe Gallery Building following the lecture, and are available to the public at no charge.