Irving Lavin on the Institute for Advanced Study

One of the Most Exciting Ideas in the History of Humankind

Professor Irving Lavin (1927–2019) was an art historian distinguished by his conviction that the study of the history of art was the study of the history of ideas. One of the ideas he found most exciting was the idea, born in 1930, of the Institute for Advanced Study. In this short video clip in which he sits beside Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, his wife of sixty-six years, Lavin expresses his wonder and awe at the founding concept of his intellectual home for forty-five years.

Read more about Professor Lavin and his legacy here.