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At Work with Artwork Discussion Series Features Matthew Affron

May 4, 2015

The final 2015 “At Work with Artwork” discussion featured Matthew Affron, the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Affron is responsible for the stewardship of the museum’s remarkable holdings of modern art, anchored by the renowned Gallatin and Arensberg Collections.

Affron received his B.A. in art history from Brown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. From 1996 to 2013 he was a faculty member in the Department of Art at the University of Virginia, where he also served as director of special curatorial projects at the University of Virginia Art Museum (now the Fralin Museum of Art) and, beginning in 2008, as the museum’s curator of modern art.

A specialist in the work of Fernand Léger, Affron has published widely on topics such as early abstract art, the relationship between modern art and fascist ideology, European artists in exile in New York during World War II, and different aspects of the work of Léger and other artists of his generation. He has curated and co-curated important exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the University of Virginia Art Museum, including Fernand Léger: Contrasts of Forms and Joseph Cornell and Surrealism, as well as participating in the development and contributing to the catalogues of many others at museums in the United States and abroad. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he curated the 2013–14 exhibition The Surrealists: Works from the Collection.