The Institute of Fine Arts invites you to a lecture given by Leah Dickerman, Director of Research Programs, MoMA.
Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie-Woogie (1943) is one of the most beloved paintings in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, often seen as the Dutch artist’s dazzling effort to capture the dynamism of his new home. Building on writing by Yve-Alain Bois, Harry Cooper and Fred Moten, how can we understand this picture as one that emerges from the confluence of two streams of migration? That could only have been made in America? And what are its distinctive political stakes?
As Director of Research Programs, Leah Dickerman leads one of MoMA’s newest departments in building an infrastructure to support and strengthen the Museum’s many research activities. These programs explore new narratives of modern and contemporary art, connect people across disciplines around the study of artworks, and mentor the next generation of art historians, curators, and other museum professionals. Dickerman is also the founding Director of the Museum Research Consortium, a partnership between MoMA and graduate art history programs at the Institute of Fine Arts, the Graduate Center at The City University of New York, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia. From 2018 to 2021, Ms. Dickerman was co-head of the Creative Team at the Museum, developing digital platforms and programs to carry content about art and ideas beyond the gallery walls, including the online publication Magazine. As Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art and previously at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, she organized or co-organized a series of exhibitions offering new perspectives on the modern.