Representation Synchrome & Synchromism: Sonia Delaunay, Blaise Cendrars & Morgan Russell in 1913 Paris

Monday, September 18, 2023, 6 PM
$20; free for Morgan Members members and students with valid ID

(contact the Morgan’s Box office at or 212.685.0008, ext. 560)

Gail Levin

Levin's illustrated talk will draw extensively upon her interviews in the 1970s with Sonia Delaunay. She will illuminate the relationship of art by the Ukrainian-born French artist and works by the Swiss poet Cendrars to the American Synchromist painter Morgan Russell (1886–1953), contextualizing Cendrars's inscription to Russell on the copy of the 1913 book La prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France, featured in the Morgan’s exhibition Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961): Poetry Is Everything. Dr. Levin, author of Synchromism and American Color Abstraction, 1910-1925 and acclaimed biographies of Lee Krasner and Edward Hopper, is Distinguished Professor of Art History, Fine & Performing Arts, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The exhibition Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961): Poetry Is Everything will be open at 5:00 PM for program attendees.

Reception honoring Dr. Levin follows lecture.

Detail of Blaise Cendrars, La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France, illustrated by Sonia Delaunay (Paris: Éditions des hommes nouveaux, 1913). Gift of Dr. Gail Levin, 2021; PML 198726 © Blaise Cendrars/Succession Cendrars. © Pracusa 20230412

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.