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Randy Ploog to Lecture at Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Randy Ploog, coordinator of international programs and affiliate assistant professor of art history, will give a lecture on abstract artist Manierre Dawson at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Friday, September 30, at 6 p.m. in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The lecture, free with museum admission, is titled "Pablo Picasso and Manierre Dawson: Separate Paths to Similar Destinations."

Ploog recently co-authored the first comprehensive study of the painter, Manierre Dawson (1887–1969): A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. Dawson (1887–1969) has been heralded as one of the most innovative American artists of his generation. He created his first series of non-representational abstract paintings in the spring of 1910, making him the first American artist to paint abstractly—a significant position in art history. Inclusion in the influential 1913 Armory Show in Chicago furthered his life-long commitment to abstract art. For more information on the book, visit

For more information on Ploog's lecture at the Met, call (212) 396-5460 or e-mail