Ye Olde Student Life

Pomona College has been navigating municipal bureaucracy recently, in the hope of building a new art museum (see p. 1 for details.) Since the museum may have a new home soon, this week’s Ye Olde TSL looks back to the year the current building opened: 1958.

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Gladys K. Montgomery Art Building Will Open Formally This Afternoon

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Center Dedication In Montgomery Patio

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Oct. 10, 1958

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Formal dedication of Pomona College’s Gladys K. Montgomery Art Center will be held today in the Montgomery patio from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with President E. Wilson Lyon presiding, and Dr. Peter Selz, chairman of the art department, and Mr. Leonard A. Shelton, chairman of the Building and Grounds COmmittee, delivering brief addresses. Mrs. Montgomery will also be present and the unveiling of the plaque honoring her will be performed by applied art students Liz Sandvig and Mike Spafford, Accompanying the opening are the showings of the permanent college art collection and “The Stieglitz Circle”. The ceremonies will be followed by a dinner for invited guests in Gibson Dining Hall and at 8:00 p.m. a public lecture in Little Bridges by Dr. Seymour Slive on “The Stieglitz Circle”.

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Dr. Slive, chairman of the Pomona College art department from 1952-1954 and now associate professor of fine arts at Harvard, is an authority on seventeenth century Dutch art. He has written a study on Rembrandt and is currently engaged in the process of producing another on Franz Hals. His topic for tonight is concerned with Alfred Stieglitz and six American artists—Weber, Marin, O’Keefe, Dove, Hartley and Dermuth—whose works have been assembled for the first time.

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Stieglitz, an outstanding photographer in his own right, introduced Rodin, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Brancusi to the American public and then proceeded to gather together and encourage American craftsmen in the period from 1911 to 1955. He established three co-operative galleries—291, The Intimate Gallery, and An American Place to insure contact with the public and solvency for the artist—solvency all important for the maintenance of artistic quality.

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“The Stieglitz Circle” paintings are especially valued for, of course, their excellent quality and as the first realization of abstract work in the United States. This unique exhibit has attracted the attention of today’s artistic world and the “New York Times” and “Art of America” periodical have sent representatives to the campus to give “The Stieglitz Circle” full coverage.

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The “Circle” and the Pomona collection will be on view from 2 to 5 p.m. from October 11. The Stieglitz works will be returned to their generous owners November 15.

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— Compiled by Sam McLaughlin PO ’16

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