John Quinn was born in Tiffin, Ohio in 1870 as the oldest son of a local baker. He became a famous lawyer who fought to overturn censorship laws and was also a collector of art and rare books. By the time of his death in 1924, Quinn had amassed the largest collection of modern art in the world including works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Seurat. He was also a collector of rare books and manuscripts and worked closely with many famous writers, including James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, and William Butler Yeats.
The John Quinn Lecture Series explores Quinn's involvement with and influence on modern art and literature in the early 20th century. Each lecture focuses on a writer or artist from his extensive collection or from his personal relationships. We invite guest experts from all over the world to lead the discussions and answer questions.
There are two lectures per year, once in the Fall semester, and once each Spring. We will occasionally host a special Summer lecture as well. The events are recorded and made available to the public on our YouTube channel (see links below). Admission is always free, but pre-registration is required.