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Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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The Askew Salon

The Askew Salon

(p.157) 14 The Askew Salon
Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes the Askew Salon that Iris attended in the 1930s. The Askew salon was a petrie dish of modernism, in which movers and doers in all the arts met to exchange ideas. It was through the Askews that Iris Barry connected with Museum of Modern Art director Alfred Barr. Iris found that she and Barr “entertained a similar outlook on the motion picture as falling within the Museum's proper scope of activity.” She promoted herself to Barr as the one to develop a film component of the Museum. Iris' ascent within modernist circles also coincided with the further decline of her marriage to Alan Porter.

Keywords:   Askew salon, modernists, modernism, New York, Alfred, Museum of Modern Art, motion picture

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