Why would a new generation of artists—Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl, and Egon Schiele—reject the successful, sumptuous portraiture of a Gustav Klimt? What was it that compelled art, as well as science, architecture, literature, music, and dance, to pursue new interests and forms that led from the environmental to the existential and from the façade to the psyche? This lecture examines the answers to these questions, which took shape in the years before the tragedy of World War I. Evening lectures by distinguished guest speakers, held throughout the year, address a range of topics relating to the appreciation and interpretation of art. They are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.