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Kusama and Beyond: A Conversation with Collectors JK Brown and Eric Diefenbach

March 18, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Join collectors of modern and contemporary art JK Brown and Eric Diefenbach in a lively conversation with Ackland Director Katie Ziglar and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs Peter Nisbet. Brown and Diefenbach are currently lending works from their personal collection by internationally-renowned contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama to the Ackland’s exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Open the Shape Called Love (on view through March 28). They’ll discuss how Brown and Diefenbach got into the world of collecting, how their extensive collection developed, how they live with their art, and what appeals in particular about the work of Kusama. Participants will have the opportunity to pose their own questions.

This virtual conversation is free and open to the public. A link to the Zoom webinar is provided with your ticket, which you can register for below.


Yayoi Kusama, Japanese, born 1929, Untitled, 1967, oil on masonite, 16 x 18 in. (40.6 x 45.7 cm). Collection of James Keith Brown ‘84 and Eric Diefenbach.