Author Prudence Peiffer to speak at New Canaan Library event

data blogJanuary 16, 2024

The New Canaan Library’s first author lecture of 2024 will feature art critic and historian Prudence Peiffer who will be discussing her book The Slip: The New York City Street That Changes American Art Forever.

Peiffer’s book chronicles the importance of Coenties Slip, an obscure street at the lower end of Manhattan that would become a hub for a group of struggling artists in the 1950s and 1960s.

Peiffer will appear in the Bartlett Auditorium on Thursday, January 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can register for the lecture here. The event is free and the public is invited.

Some of the artists who frequented the Coenties Slip area overlooking the East River included Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, James Rosenquist, Delphine Seyrig, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman, and Peiffer describes the cobblestone streets and dilapidated warehouses where the artists creates their influential and eclectic works of art.

Peiffer has an extensive background in modern and contemporary art. She currently serves as the Director of Content at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and previously worked as a Senior Editor at Artforum Magazine and as the Digital Content Director at David Zwirner.

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