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Lectures, Talks, Readings

Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture: Jeff Koons

Tues, Sept 30, 2014  7 PM

Location: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, 10011

During the past three decades, Jeff Koons has become one of the most popular, influential, and controversial living artists. He has consistently tested the boundaries between art and mass culture and pushed the limits of industrial fabrication to realize works of great beauty and emotional intensity. By elevating familiar objects—inflatable toys, vacuum cleaners, basketballs—to the realm of art, Koons shines a hard light on the world in which we live and art’s place within our culture. In this tenth Annenberg Lecture and on the occasion of the exhibition Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, the artist will speak in conversation with Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director.

In honor of the late Walter H. Annenberg, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and former ambassador, the Whitney Museum of American Art established the Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture to advance this country’s understanding of its art and culture. Support for this lecture and for public programs at the Whitney Museum is provided, in part, by Jack and Susan Rudin in honor of Beth Rudin DeWoody, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Barker Welfare Foundation, and by members of the Whitney’s Education Committee.

Please note: This event takes place at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, 10011. The program has reached capacity; online ticket sales have closed, and no tickets will be sold on the day of the program. 

The event will stream live on the Whitney’s website; check back soon for more information.

Jeff Koons (b. 1955), Play-Doh, 1994–2014. Polychromed aluminum, 120 x 108 x 108 in. (304.8 x 274.3 x 274.3 cm). One of five unique versions. Bill Bell Collection. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

Jeff Koons (b. 1955), Play-Doh, 1994–2014. Polychromed aluminum, 120 × 108 × 108 in. (304.8 × 274.3 × 274.3 cm). One of five unique versions. Bill Bell Collection. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz