Lecture | Losing Picasso: The Challenges of Condensing a Life


Lecture | Losing Picasso: The Challenges of Condensing a Life

Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 5:30 pm

Filmmakers Ismail Merchant and James Ivory faced almost insurmountable challenges in producing the film Surviving Picasso, which takes on the relationship between Pablo Picasso and his companion Francoise Gilot. They were not able to attain the rights to Gilot’s autobiography Life with Picasso, relying instead on Arianna Huffington’s Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, nor did they receive permission to show any of Picasso’s artwork. This lecture with Caroline Harris, associate director for education, investigates the resulting depiction of the painter, providing a larger context for the period portrayed. While deeply flawed, the film has at least two saving graces: Anthony Hopkins’s masterful portrayal of Picasso and Julianne’s Moore’s turn as Dora Maar. Please watch the film at your leisure, then join us on Zoom for the lecture. Available to rent on Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, and iTunes. In partnership with the Princeton Garden Theatre.

Free registration for the lecture via Zoom here.  (When prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the "CC" icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, open Streamtext, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar "español" o el idioma de su elección.

LATE THURSDAYS! This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970. Live closed-captioning for this program is made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), La Minotauromachie (Minotauromachy), 1935. Etching, engraving, and scraper. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Margaret Scolari Barr. © 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York