Anne Umland
Anne Umland

Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m.

Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will give a lecture on the great Belgian painter René Magritte’s early Surrealist years, with special reference to works of art included in the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938, on view at MoMA through January 13, 2014.

Dr. Umland will discuss the key strategies and techniques Magritte developed between 1926 and 1938 to defamiliarize the familiar -- to make, in his words, "everyday objects shriek aloud." During this period of intense innovation, Magritte was closely aligned with the Surrealist movement and his work of these years constituted an important new approach to Surrealist art.

Anne Umland received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 1997. Umland joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1996 as Assistant Curator and has organized or co-organized a number of exhibitions for MoMA, including Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 (2013), Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 (2011), Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937 (2008) and Alberto Giacometti (2001).

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan in 2013-14. Stay tuned for special library programs and additions to our collection like modern art books, iPads, and museum passes. This collaboration is designed to enhance the Darien community’s appreciation for and knowledge of modern art.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).