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June 13 – September 13, 2015

Curators in Conversation – Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces of the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

June 14, 2:00 p.m.

The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art, Portland Art Museum

Research Curator, École Des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Curator of Exhibitions, American Federation Of Arts

A lively conversation on the significance of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris with three of the talented minds responsible for bringing Gods and Heroes to Portland. Hear insights on the development of the exhibition and its approximately 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries. The panel addresses some of the epic themes represented such as courage, sacrifice, and death, as well as the ways that changing political and philosophical systems affected the choice and execution of these subjects by artists such as Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, François Boucher, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

Making a Case for Goddesses and Heroines: Women, Art, and The Academy in France

July 26, 2:00 p.m.

Professor Emeritus, Department of The History of Art & Architecture, University of Oregon

In her 1971 groundbreaking essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” art historian Linda Nochlin challenged herself to uncover why women were missing from Western art history narratives, citing barriers to art instruction and exclusion from the academic art establishment as the most immediate answers. Happily, missing women artists have been found and have been given their due place in the canon. This lecture will explore the topic of women in France from the 17th- 19th centuries, through current research on the status of women in general, on women as subjects in art, and on women artists like Rosalba Carriera and Elizabeth Vigee Lebrun.