Professor Maria Gough is Joseph Pulitzer Jr, Professor of Modern Art in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She works on abstraction, drawing, print media, photography, exhibition design, para-architecture, and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Among her most recent texts are: You Can Draw With Whatever You Like in The Cubism Seminars (CASVA, 2017); The Newsreader in On Kawara – Silence (Guggenheim Museum, 2015); Model Exhibition, October (Fall 2014); Architecture as Such, in Malevich (Tate Modern, 2014); and Drawing between Reportage and Memory: Diego Rivera’s Moscow Sketchbook, October (Fall 2013). A recipient of fellowships from CASVA (1992-95), Getty Foundation (2000-01), Clark Art Institute (2001), Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2011-12), Guggenheim Foundation (2015-16), and Graham Foundation (2017-18), Gough is currently completing two book manuscripts, one on the drawings of Gustavs Klucis (Inventory Press, 2018), and another on the photographic practices of foreign travellers in the Soviet Union during the 1930s (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Her talk this evening is drawn from a quartet of essays she is preparing on the drawings of Fernand Léger.