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"From Max Weber to Mark Rothko" (A Lecture at Philbrook)


The widely praised "Models & Muses: Max Weber and the Figure" exhibit at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa will close on February 3rd. On this installment of ST, we revisit this terrific show --- the first museum survey of Weber's work in two decades, and an exhibition which originated at Philbrook --- in order to explore one aspect of Weber's long and influential career in American modern art. Namely, that aspect is his relationship with Mark Rothko, the pioneering abstract painter who, while still a young man, was briefly a student of Weber's in the middle 1920s. Our guest is Norman Kleeblatt, chief curator of the Jewish Museum in New York City, who joins us by phone to discuss this relationship. Kleeblatt will deliver a lecture entitled "From Max Weber to Mark Rothko" at Philbrook on this coming Sunday afternoon (the 27th) at 2pm. (You can learn more about the Max Weber show in question at this link, and more about Kleeblatt's upcoming address here.) Also on today's program, our commentator Barry Friedman looks back on the recent-ish Thanksgiving holiday...in a piece called, oddly enough, "The Big Pizza."

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