Lecture + Book Signing: The Jackson Pollock Code

  • Des Moines
  • Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Ave
  • Des Moines, Iowa
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  • John & Mary Pappajohn
  • Sculpture Park
  • 13th and Grand Ave
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June 3, 2012 / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Henry Adams, Author and Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University
Levitt Auditorium
FREE admission; reservations required*

Jackson Pollock’s painting Mural, created for the heiress Peggy Guggenheim, for placement in the
lobby of her apartment, has always been regarded as his breakthrough work: the painting that
moved him from the position of an aspiring novice to that of the greatest modern artist in the world.  

But does the painting hold a secret? That’s the contention of Henry Adams, the author of a
controversial recent book on Jackson Pollock, Tom and Jack, which explores his relationship with
his teacher, Thomas Hart Benton. While completing this book, he found that he was particularly
puzzled by Pollock’s painting Mural, and took a reproduction of it home to discuss with his wife,
Marianne Berardi. While looking at it upside down, she made a stunning discovery. When this
discovery was first published on the website of Smithsonian Magazine, the site received 1.2 million
hits in a 24-hour period.

Adams’s lecture will explore the underlying principles of Jackson Pollock’s work, which go back to
his training under Thomas Hart Benton, and will conclude with a disclosure of the “secret code” that’s
hidden in the famous mural for Peggy Guggenheim.  

A book signing will immediately follow the lecture in the lobby of the museum.

*Space is limited for this event. Please make your FREE reservations at 515.271.0313 or via e-mail
beginning Friday, April 20. Specify the program you wish to attend (Adams); include a name, a contact
e-mail address or phone number, and the number of seats requested.

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956)
Mural, 1943
Oil on canvas
8 ft. 1 ¼ in. x 19 ft. 10 in.
University of Iowa Museum of Art
Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6
Reproduced with permission from the University of Iowa



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