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Saturday, June 23, 2:00 - 3:00pm
The Stuff of Thought: A Gallery Talk on Arshile Gorky’s Image in Khorkom
Arshille Gorky, Image in Khorkom, c. 1938-39, Oil on canvas
"My recollections of Armenia open new visions for me. My art is therefore a growth art where forms, pines, shapes, memories of Armenia germinate, breathe, expand and contract, multiply and thereby create new paths for exploration". - Arshile Gorky
Born Vostanik Manoug Adoian in the village of Khokorm near Lake Van in the Ottoman Empire, Arshile Gorky (c. 1902 – 1948) was one of the most influential painters of the 20th century. The land of his birth—as well as the loss and suffering experienced in it—found its way into an extraordinary body of work. One such painting, Image in Khokorm, is now on view in the Kreeger galleries. Join us for a spirited talk on this piece and what it says about the place, longing, and creativity led by museum docent Irene Abrahamian. The afternoon will include light refreshments and composer, pianist, and vocalist Levon Mikayelyan will share a short program of pieces inspired by the painting. Presented in association with Armenia: Creating Home, a program of the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which opens June 27 on the National Mall.
Thursday, June 21 - Saturday, June 23
Saturday, June 30, 10:30 - 11:30am