Cy Twombly Remembered in Lexington

Emeritus philosophy professor Harry Pemberton remembers artist Cy Twombly's Lexington days.

Much has been written and said about artist Cy Twombly, the Lexington native and member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1953 who died on July 5 in Italy. But until W&L alum Bruce Young’s video remembrance of Cy for Roanoke’s WDBJ7, we didn’t know what his favorite breakfast was at the Lexington Restaurant — two poached eggs on English muffins with sausage and grits.

Bruce, a 1982 graduate of W&L, conducted interviews with Washington and Lee and Lexington folks to give a rich sense of Cy’s roots in Rockbridge County. Included among the interviewees were W&L art historian Pamela Simpson, emeritus philosophy professor Harry Pemberton, University photographer Patrick Hinely ’73 and Butch Bryant, who once worked in the University’s Warner Center but spent many years as Cy’s right-hand man in Lexington.

In addition to the feature that appeared on WDBJ, the website has two separate interviews — one with Patrick and one with Butch — that help capture the essence of what Cy’s Lexington days were like.

The primary video is below along with links to all three:

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