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During the 1930s, Lee Krasner, then studying with emigre abstractionist Hans Hofmann, was part of a vibrant New York art scene that also included critic Clement Greenberg and painters Arshile Gorky and Willem de Kooning. In the mid-’40s, Krasner married another up-and-coming young painter, Jackson Pollock. She was his guardian, confidante, and collaborator, accompanying the irascible artist to gallery openings and parties, helping him theorize about his art, and teaching him innovative painting techniques she had learned from Hofmann. Meanwhile, Krasner continued to paint, producing a powerful body of work that rivals those of many of her more celebrated abstract expressionist contemporaries. But even now, 40 years after her husband’s death, Krasner is best known as Pollock’s widow. Today, continuing the efforts of feminist art historians to elevate the reputation of Krasner’s oeuvre, National Museum of American Art research support assistant Jobyl Boone discusses the artist’s Composition at 1 p.m. at the National Museum of American Art’s Lobby, 8th & G Streets NW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Leonard Roberge)