Writers and Artists Respond

Modigliani: Sources of Inspiration


Thursday, December 7, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Exhibition Galleries

Kristen Windmuller-Luna, Collections Research Specialist, African Arts at the Princeton University Art Museum leads a gallery talk focusing on African masks included in Modigliani Unmasked, exemplifying work which inspired the young artist during this lesser-known early period. Starting from the premise that African and European arts are each modern in their own right, it considers connections between Modigliani's signature portraits, Parisian "primitive" art collecting, and West and Central African masquerade arts.

Kristen Windmuller-Luna, PhD is a New York City-based curator and historian of African arts. Focusing on cross-cultural exchange and globalization, her recent research on early connections between African and European Christian art has taken her everywhere from the heights of Ethiopian mountains to the depths of the Vatican archives. Featured in the PBS documentary Africa’s Great Civilizations, she has published in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, The Journal of Jesuit Studies, Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, and the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. 

Included with Museum Admission; RSVP Recommended

Sign up for email updates on upcoming Talks & Performances.

Mask (Gu), 19th-20th century. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast); Guro. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Gertrud A. Mellon, in memory of Dr. Robert Goldwater, 1977, 1977.457. Image provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / Art Resource, New York 

Ticket Information

General Admission Tickets

General Admission tickets are sold only at the Museum and valid for the day of visitation.

Program and Event Tickets

By Phone

Order by phone at 212.423.3337 on Monday through Thursday, 10 am – 5 pm; and Friday, 10 am – 3 pm. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

If the program is sold out, there will be a message on the box office line.


Orders are available through our online ticket vendor, ACME Ticketing. If you have technical difficulties, please call 866-205-1322.

In Person

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Museum's admission desk during regular Museum hours, excluding Saturdays.

Ticket Policies

  • If your ticket was emailed to you, present the ticket on your mobile device or print-out of your ticket.
  • If you selected “will call,” tickets will be waiting for you at our front desk will call station.
  • Ticket purchase for events at the Museum includes admission to the galleries on the day of the program.
  • Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please note that seating is limited; we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.
  • Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive promptly, as seating is not guaranteed once a program has begun.
  • Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.