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Fri, Oct 26, 2018 2:00pm –


The Wallach Art Gallery
615 West 129th St.
New York  New York  10027
United States
Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University

Museum Meetup: Posing Modernity at the Wallach Art Gallery

Join us on October 26th for a Museum Meetup at the Wallach Art Gallery's new exhibition, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet to Matisse to Today. Jennifer Mock, Associate Director of Education and Public Programs, will give an introduction to the exhibition, after which participants will be able to explore the galleries on their own.

Presented in partnership with the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Posing Modernity explores the changing modes of representation of the black figure as central to the development of modern art. The models' interactions with and influences on painters, sculptors and photographers are highlighted through archival photographs, correspondence and films. The artists featured in the exhibition depicted black subjects in a manner counter to typical representations of the period. The works included highlight the little-known, multiracial aspect of each artist’s milieu.

The presentation at the Wallach focuses specifically on the black female figure, beginning with Edouard Manet’s 1860s portrayals of Laure, the model who posed as the maid in Olympia. It also explores the work of Manet’s Impressionist-era cohort, including Frédéric Bazille, Edgar Degas and the photographer Nadar; sculptors including Charles Henri Joseph Cordier and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux; paintings, drawings and prints of Henri Matisse (before and after his 1930s Harlem visits); the portraiture of diverse artists of the Harlem Renaissance, including Charles Alston and William H. Johnson; and the legacy of these depictions for successive generations of postwar modern and contemporary artists, from Romare Bearden and Faith Ringgold through to the current moment. You can read more about the exhibition here.

This Museum Meetup is open only to current Columbia students.

Image: Frédéric Bazille. Young Woman with Peonies, 1870. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 29 1/2 in. Courtesy the National Gallery, Washington, DC