Francis V. O'Connor Memorial Symposium

Photo: Francis V. O'Connor

Francis V. O'Connor Memorial Symposium


Dedalus Foundation

25 East 21st Street, Fourth Floor, New York 10010


April 12, 2–5pm

RSVP Required 


A group of distinguished scholars, colleagues and friends will gather to celebrate the life, achievements and legacy of Francis V. O'Connor, Ph.D., the foremost Pollock scholar, co-editor (with Eugene V. Thaw) of the Jackson Pollock catalogue raisonné, pioneering historian of New Deal art and American mural painting, curator, critic and poet. 
Speakers will include William C. Agee, David Anfam, Avis Berman, Greta Berman, Kerrie Buitrago, Helen A. Harrison, Gerald Monroe, Richard Taylor, and Samuel Sachs II.



2:00  Introduction

         Helen A. Harrison, Director Pollock-Krasner House and

         Study Center

2:05 "Modernism in the Nineteen Thirties"

         William C. Agee, Professor Emeritus, Hunter College

2:20 "Art for the Millions"

         Helen A. Harrison

2:35 "Francis O'Connor: Mural Maven"

         Greta Berman, Professor of Art History, The Juilliard


2:50  "The Artists' Union"

         Gerald Monroe, Professor Emeritus, Glassboro State


3:05  Break

3:20  "Adventures in Documentation"

         Avis Berman, Independent curator and archivist

3:35  "Connoisseurship and Abstract Expressionism"

         David Anfam, Senior Consulting Curator, Clyfford Still


3:50  "Francis O'Conor and Pollock's Fractals"

         Richard Taylor, Director, Materials Science Institute,

         University of Oregon

4:05  "Francis O'Connor and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation"

         Samuel Sachs II, President, and Kerrie Buitrago,

         Executive Vice President, the Pollock-Krasner


4:20  Statements from friends and colleagues not present

         Helen A. Harrison, reader

4:35  Poems by Francis O'Connor

4:40  Comments and questions from the floor

5:00  Reception