‘Duchamp to De Kooning, Kahlo to Koons: 100 Years, 100 Works of Art’

Can a single work of art symbolize a year in history? Renowned art historian Dr. Agnes Berecz faced this dilemma while writing “100 Years, 100 Artworks: A History of Modern and Contemporary Art” (Prestel, 2019), which presents and thoroughly details one work of art, to sum up every year between 1918 and 2018. Join Dr. Berecz – along with Katja Zigerlig, Vice President of Fine Art, Wine & Collectibles at Berkley One – at the Bruce Museum on Thursday, January 9, 2020, for a lively discussion of the criteria that guided the choices found in the book. 

In a twist, author Berecz will invite the audience to vote on 10 artworks – one for each decade covered in the volume. Dr. Berecz will show 10 pairs of images, representing one year in each decade. Berecz will give a brief primer on both works of art shown and will explain why they were her “semi-finalists” for a work of art that represented that particular year.

Berecz will then ask the audience to vote, by a show of hands, for which artwork they think she ultimately chose to signify that year, before revealing the work of art she chose – and why she chose it.

Following the audience interaction portion of the evening, Berecz and Zigerlig will delve further into “100 Years, 100 Artworks” before opening up the conversation to take questions from the audience.

Doors open 6:20 pm; reception begins at 6:30 pm, followed by panel and Q&A starting at 7:00 pm. 

Seats are $30 for Museum members, $45 for non-members.

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About Bruce Presents


Bruce Presents is an exciting new series of monthly public programs featuring thought leaders in the fields of art and science. Showcasing experts on compelling subjects of relevance and interest to members and visitors to the Bruce Museum, as well as the communities of greater Fairfield County and beyond, Bruce Presents launched on September 5, 2019 with Generation ♀: How Contemporary Women Artists Are Re-Shaping Today’s Art World.

Bruce Presents inaugurates an exciting time of change and progress for this institution,” said Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “As we prepare our expansion in order to become the region’s leading cultural center, the Bruce Museum is poised to present dynamic and unique educational programming equal to the caliber of our new spaces and collections.”

Suzanne Lio, Managing Director of the Bruce Museum, conceived Bruce Presents. “We have long been an important resource in our community for forward-thinking public programs,” Lio notes. “This series raises it to the next level. By leveraging our unique network of institutional and professional connections, the series will offer unprecedented access for our members and visitors to major thought leaders in the fields of art and science.”

Arts consultant Leonard Jacobs, former Director of Cultural Institutions at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, produces the series. “Bruce Presents will be a signature complement to the Bruce’s exhibitions and public programs,” Jacobs says. “Through talks, panel discussions, and fascinating interactive events, the goal is to support and enhance the Museum’s mission to ‘promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science to enrich the lives of all people.’”

Bruce Presents will continue into 2020 with events usually slated for the first Thursday of each month.