In their Hollywood home, Louise and Walter Arensberg displayed one of the most important private collections of avant-garde and pre-Columbian art in the United States, as well as the largest library of works by and about the philosopher Sir Francis Bacon. Room by room, the photographs in Hollywood Arensberg: Avant-Garde Collecting in Midcentury L.A. reconstruct the convergence of cultural artifacts in the couple’s California modernist home, the center of a burgeoning art scene. In the second of two conversations, our panelists explore how the context of the collection shapes how it is assembled, displayed, and interpreted.
The conversation is moderated by Getty Research Institute Director Mary Miller. Mark Nelson is an author, design director, and partner at the book design firm McCall Associates in New York. Ellen Hoobler is the William B. Ziff Jr. Associate Curator of Art of the Americas at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. William H. Sherman is director of the Warburg Institute in London. The series will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel.