The Belle Époque that Never Ends: Paris 1900 and its Afterlives

August 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Whitsell Auditorium

Robert Lehman Foundation Speakers Series

Vanessa Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor of History, Art History, and Critical Studies; Director, Visual Studies Research Institute, University of Southern California

This talk will consider not only how Paris became the capital of entertainment and the most visited city in the world in 1900, but also how visual culture from the period contributed to turning that experience into both a cliché and mythic moment that has repeated itself ever since. The presentation will especially focus on how and why artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec became household names and Hollywood’s endless homages to the can-can, the Moulin Rouge, and the Eiffel Tower.

This event is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment.

Thank you to the Robert Lehman Foundation for funding this special series of exhibition-related talks.

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Georges Paul Leroux. The International Exhibition’s Palace of Optics, 1900
Georges Paul Leroux (1877-1957). The International Exhibition’s Palace of Optics, 1900. Color lithograph, 31 3/4 x 23 5/8 in., Musée Carnavalet. © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet