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Max Beckmann: Art in a State of Siege

Joseph Koerner will be presenting his lecture "Max Beckmann: Art in a State of Siege" this spring. Koerner is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and joined the History of Art and Architecture department at Harvard in 1991. Koerner specializes in art from the Middle Ages to modern day, with a preference for Northern Renaissance art. He has a variety of published writings, including books on Daedalus and Icarus, Albrecht Durer, and Paul Klee's word-image relations. He also developed a Northern Renaissance series for BBC Television, along with a documentary entitled Vienna: City of Dreams

Koerner is currently writing a book on art in states of siege, the topic of his upcoming lecture. In his talk, Koerner will address Max Beckmann's Self-Portrait in Tuxedo, which is one of the artist's most powerful and programmatic works. Koerner will reflect on more than two decades of teaching this iconic work in its current home of Boston, while exploring its origins and vicissitudes through successive legal "states of emergency" in Germany and beyond. 

Sponsored by the Department of History of Art, the Goldberg Lecture is free to the public. Parking is available in Lot 95 near Cohen Hall, in non-reserved spaces. The lecture will start at 4:10 pm on Thursday, March 12th in Cohen Hall Room 203. Reception will follow in the Cohen Hall Atrium.