Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.
Rodin – Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler, 1909, Bronze, Overall: 18 x 13 1/2 x 12 inches, Courtesy of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

Rodin: The Human Experience

Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections

JAN 21 – APR 16, 2017

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to present Rodin: The Human Experience—Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, an exhibition of 52 bronzes by the groundbreaking French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibition, which opens January 21, 2017, is being staged in Portland to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death.One of the greatest artists of his time, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) revolutionized the art of sculpture. While his works always remained faithful to nature, he departed from traditional practice in seeking to reveal the creative process. This exhibition of stunning bronzes will demonstrate Rodin’s particular passion for modeling the human form in clay, the medium in which his hand and mind are most directly evidenced.

The selected bronzes in the show represent the major achievements of Rodin’s long career. They include powerful studies for The Burghers of Calais, as well as works derived from his masterpiece, The Gates of Hell. Others, such as The Night (Double Figure), demonstrate his experimentation with assemblage. Rodin: The Human Experience also features sculptures, such as Monumental Torso of the Walking Man, which demonstrate Rodin’s admiration for Michelangelo, and Dance Movement D, which speaks to his interest in understanding how the body moved.

The exhibition is especially rich in portraiture. Included are Rodin’s famous depictions of the writers Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac; the composer Gustav Mahler; the artist Claude Lorraine; one of his favorite dancers, Hanako; and his portrayal of The Hand of God, which is likely a self-portrait.

Rodin’s ability to use bronze to represent living flesh and his interest in expressing extreme psychological states were highly influential upon younger artists, both in Europe and America. Rodin: The Human Experience reveals why the artist is considered the crucial link between traditional and modern sculpture.

The Museum will present a variety of public programs and tours in conjunction with the exhibition, including an opening lecture by exhibition curator Judith Sobol, Executive Director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Curated by Judith Sobol, Executive Director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation; host curated by Dawson Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art.

Lead Sponsors

Laura S. Meier
Andrée H. Stevens

Major Sponsors

The Mark Family
Walter Clay Hill and Family Foundation
Ameriprise Financial and Columbia Threadneedle
Clark Foundation
Exhibition Series Sponsors

Sponsors

Richard and Janet Geary Foundation
Robert Lehman Foundation
Chehalem Winery

Exhibition and Education Supporters

Cascadia Foundation
European and American Art Council of the Portland Art Museum
Ann Flowerree
The Holzman Foundation
The Jackson Foundation
Willa M. Kemp
Elizabeth Lilley
Lisa and Shawn Mangum
Shirley N. Papé
Sabine Wild
Mr. and Mrs. David Willmott
Judith Wyss

Feb
26
Sun
Public Tour: Rodin
Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Mar
2
Thu
Public Tour: Rodin
Mar 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Mar
4
Sat
Public Tour: Rodin
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Mar
9
Thu
Members’ Night
Mar 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Updated 2/16/17: This event is now officially sold out and we are no longer taking reservations. Please watch your email and check our website for information on the next Members event. We are continually adding programs and events so make sure we have your current email address! Thanks for your continued support. Please call with questions 503-276-4249.

Experience the museum in a different way. Relax and unwind during this casual, interactive evening featuring engaging discussions with curators and artists, docent tours, and more! Come mingle with other members and experience the Museum’s collections and special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Cash bar (wine, beer, light snacks only). Advance reservations are required and capacity is limited. This event is open to all membership levels. Members only, please.

Mar
11
Sat
Public Tour: Rodin
Mar 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Mar
12
Sun
Family Tour: Rodin
Mar 12 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Mar
18
Sat
Public Tour: Rodin
Mar 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Mar
19
Sun
Family Tour: Rodin
Mar 19 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Mar
26
Sun
Public Tour: Rodin
Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Apr
1
Sat
Public Tour: Rodin
Apr 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Apr
9
Sun
Public Tour: Rodin
Apr 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Apr
11
Tue
Public Tour: Rodin
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Apr
15
Sat
Public Tour: Rodin
Apr 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

Apr
16
Sun
Public Tour: Rodin
Apr 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Auguste Rodin, Fallen Caryatid with Urn
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin cast 4 in 1982; Bronze; Coubertin Foundry; 45 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. Lent by Iris Cantor.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.