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Why is Picasso Famous? Art Celebrity and Becoming a Fan


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Was Picasso a genius, a self-promoter, a media icon, a product of the museum system, or all of the above? Each role brings to light different assumptions about ways that art, celebrity, and fandom connect, including the relationships between the master artist and the painters he inspired. Joli Jensen, scholar of American cultural and social thought at the University of Tulsa, explores evidence for each of these options.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Picasso and American Art.