The Twenty-First Annual


Saturday, November 5, 2016, 2:00pm

Center for Contemporary Culture

Hartford Public Library

Featuring guest speaker—



“Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: Duchamp, Picasso, Matisse”


Wallace Stevens was deeply interested in the visual arts and naturally thought in terms of analogies between poetry and painting.  In the 1910s he wrote his first mature, modernist poems as a member of the Arensberg circle, a group of poets and painters now known as the New York Dada movement.  This experience established a pattern of close interaction with the art world that became essential to his creative process.  After moving to Hartford he drew inspiration from the Wadsworth Atheneum which was the most modern museum in America during the 1930s.  He famously identified with Picasso, the leader of modern art, in his breakthrough poem “The Man with the Blue Guitar.” Less well known is his equally serious interest in Matisse, Picasso’s chief rival, whose example inspired Stevens throughout his career.


Glen MacLeod is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Waterbury.  He is the author of Wallace Stevens and Company:  The Harmonium Years, 1913-1923 (1983) and Wallace Stevens and Modern Art:  From the Armory Show to Abstract Expressionism (1993) as well as numerous articles about American literature.  His edited volume, Wallace Stevens in Context, will be published by Cambridge University Press in March 2017.


Program: This festive and illuminating event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Glen MacLeod’s presentation, and will conclude with a book signing, birthday cake and champagne!


Suggested donation $10* per person to benefit…


Hartford Public Library

500 Main Street

Hartford, CT 06103



Jim Finnegan



*Completely optional; no one turned away.


This event is presented by Hartford Public Library (

and the Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens (