Previous Dates:AF de Westchester, NY; AF de Greenwich, CT; AF de Jackson, MS; AF de St. Joseph, KS.
Contact Person:Beth Susan Gersh-Nešić
Honorarium:$350 per lecture plus transportation and hotel
Program:Lecture in English (though questions can be answered in French.) “When Modern Art Came to Paris: Immigration and Assimilation” : During the rise of modern art in Europe, Paris became the primary destination for ambitious artists seeking peer recognition for their work. This slide lecture presents an introduction to the best known among these early modernists who contributed to what we call “French art”: Camille Pissarro (b. St. Thomas, Impressionist); Mary Cassatt (b. US, Impressionist); Henry Ossawa Tanner (b. US, Realist/Post-Impressionist); Vincent van Gogh (b. Holland, Post-Impressionist); Pablo Picasso (b. Spain, Cubist/Surrealist); Amedeo Modigliani (b. Italy, École de Paris); Sonia Delaunay (b. Russian Empire, Cubist/Orphist); Jacques Lipshitz (b. Lithuania, Cubist/Surrealist); Marc Chagall (b. Russian Empire, Cubist/École de Paris), etc. The lecture ends with a new reading of Picasso’s collage Guitar, Sheet Music and Wine Glass, 1912 (proposing a response to xenophobia.) Based on the enthusiastic response of the audience, we highly recommend exploring this method of bringing long-distance guest speakers to your local venues. For more information on this experience, please contact the moderator for this event, Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bio:Beth S. Gersh-Nesic is an art historian and the director of the New York Arts Exchange, an arts education service which offers tours, lectures and workshops in various venues, including museums, galleries, artists’ studios and arts organizations. She currently teaches art history at Purchase College. Dr. Gersh-Nešić has published on Picasso, Cubism, and the art criticism of Picasso’s close friend, the poet André Salmon: www.andresalmon.org. Her specialty is 19th and 20th century modern art and contemporary art.
Blurb:When Modern Art Came to Paris: Immigration and Assimilation