Pablo Picasso did not speak often about abstraction, but when he did, it was either to dismiss it as complacent decoration or to declare its very notion an oxymoron. The root of this hostility is to be found in the impasse that the artist reached in the summer 1910, when abstraction suddenly appeared as the logical development of his previous work, a possibility at which he recoiled in horror. But though he swore to never go again near abstraction, he could not prevent himself from testing his resolve from time to time.
Join Matias Zaldarriaga, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor in the School, and Members Doron Kushnir and Nadia Zakamska for a discussion of the recent Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) results and their implications. The panel discussion will be moderated by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor.