Nicole Atzbach, the tenacious and brilliant curator at the Meadows Museum and a true friend of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, passed away on November 4, 2017 after a battle with cancer. Active until weeks before her death, she involved herself with her usual gusto in what was to be her final project, a fascinating exhibition juxtaposing Cubist still-life and landscape paintings by Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso. Her aim was nothing less than revolutionary for art history: to demonstrate that the Mexican expatriate actually engaged the now famous Picasso in a kind of duel of formal invention, particularly in creating paintings that combined elements of the still-life and landscape genres. The exhibition, though small, was revelatory, and it capped what was a short but significant career as curator at the Meadows Museum. We at EODIAH shall all miss our late colleague.
A memorial service in celebration of her life was held at the Museum on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations to a scholarship fund set up by them for her children may be sent to Geoff Atzbach, 3020 Hollycrest Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
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