Matisse Forum

Thursday, November 15, 1951

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Speeches in honor of exhibition opening at the Museum of Modern Art. Nelson Rockefeller discusses the provenance of the paintings in the exhibition and the shipping trouble endured to make the exhibition possible. Audience members include Matisse's son and French political figures. Alfred Barr, Director of Collections, speaks on the international significance of Matisse's art, as well as a handful of specific paintings on view ("Woman with a Hat," drawings from Alfred Steiglitz's gallery, "The Blue Nude," "The Girl with Green Eyes," "The Red Studio," "The Young Sailor," "The Goldfish," "The Woman on a High Stool"). "What is it about these paintings that so disturbs dictators?" he asks.

Incessant shushing throughout.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68862
Municipal archives id: LT246


Alfred Hamilton Barr, Jean Daridan and Nelson A. Rockefeller


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