Physicist and art collector Walter Lewin shares his personal insights into major works of art from the first quarter of the 20th century.
Known in the hallways of Building 37 for his famous art contests, Lewin succumbs to pressure from students and colleagues to give this lecture as part of an Independent Activities Period (IAP) event in advance of trips to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Fogg Art Museum. This talk is centered on pioneering artists whose work changed the world.
"To appreciate 20th century art you must abandon the idea of beauty. Pioneering art is a new way of looking at the world, and those works of art can be very interesting, they can sometimes be stunning, and sometimes they can knock me out, but I prefer not to use the word ‘beautiful.' It can be very confusing. The beauty of a pioneering work of art, no matter how ugly, is in the meaning.” — Walter Lewin