NAASR Christmas open house to feature lecture on Arshile Gorky

Published: Tuesday November 17, 2009

Belmont, Mass. - A special lecture on Arshile Gorky by Prof. Kim Theriault, "Displacement, Trauma, and the Crisis of Arshile Gorky," will highlight NAASR's 2009 Christmas Open House on Thursday, December 10. The open house will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 11:00 p.m., with Prof. Theriault's talk set for 8:00 p.m. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, Mass. The evening's events will take place at the NAASR Center, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, Mass.

Both before and after the lecture, NAASR's bookstore will be open and feature a one-night-only 20%-off sale, with additional discounts of 40% or more on selected titles. Numerous titles on Arshile Gorky, including Ms. Theriault's newly-published study Rethinking Arshile Gorky and the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition catalogue Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective, which includes an essay by Theriault, will be available. There will also be refreshments, music, and gift-wrapping.

Kim Servart Theriault is associate professor of art history, theory, and criticism at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. She completed her doctorate at the University of Virginia in 2000 with the dissertation Re-Placing Arshile Gorky: Exile, Identity, and Abstraction in Twentieth-Century American Art and has presented numerous lectures on the artist, including at the College Art Association Annual Conferences in New York City and Atlanta and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Her book Rethinking Arshile Gorky (Penn State Univ. Press) offers new interpretive insights into the artist's work, elaborating upon the themes of displacement, trauma, and memory as well as identified issues of identity, originality, and mourning.

Admission to the event is free. The NAASR Center is located opposite the First Armenian Church and next to the U.S. Post Office.  Ample parking is available around the building and in adjacent areas.


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