Lectures

Lecture Day Tour for Friends Members

Friends members are invited to register for the Friends-Only pre-lecture tours. The tours complement the monthly lecture and begin at 10:00 on lecture days.
• Space is limited. Reserve your tour spot with the Friends-Only Events co-chair, Shelly McGinnis. Email: mcgclan@earthlink.net to reserve your pre-lecture tour and lecture ticket or call 612-735-6828 on or after the 15th.
• Reservations will not be accepted before the 15th.
• Tour reservations and lecture tickets are limited to two Friends members per email.
• Registrants will receive an email confirmation. Confirmed names do not need to reserve a ticket through Mia for the Friends Lecture Series.
• Tours will be filled on a first come/first served basis. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. before the lecture.
• Meet in the Mia 3rd Avenue Lobby under the Chihuly Sun.
• Tour participants will receive lecture tickets with reserved seating at the end of the tour.
• If unable to attend please cancel your tour/ticket RSVP; we anticipate a waiting list.
The Friends Lecture Series is sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund

We Thank the Rochester Friends

At all Friends monthly lectures during the 2015–2016 season, guests will enjoy coffee and treats provided through funds donated by the Rochester Friends. Both the fountain court and lecture overflow room will enjoy this gracious benefit!
Please thank them for this welcome gesture of hospitality.
The Friends Lecture Series is sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund

THE FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES

Sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, PILLSBURY AUDITORIUM, 11 A.M.
Gloria Groom:   “Impressionism: Dressing the Model, Muse and Mistress.”

Gloria Groom
Gloria Groom

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s mistress, featured in more than thirty paintings wearing the most up-to-the minute fashions, served as Renoir’s calling card by advertising the artist as a painter of modern life. Gloria Groom, Senior Curator, David and Mary Winton Green, Curator of Nineteenth Century European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will present such a story as part of her lecture, ”Impressionism: Dressing the Model, Muse and Mistress.”
The Impressionists portrayed modern life in their paintings and included modern styles of fashion. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the modern fashion industry was born and designers were transforming how clothing was made and marketed, department stores were on the rise, and fashion magazines began to proliferate. Both visual artists such as Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot and writers like Charles Baudelaire and Émile Zola were excited by the new fashion industry and the sense of style and modernity that was becoming so popular in Paris. These artists and writers expressed the new fashions in their paintings and literary works.
Gloria Groom, organizing curator of the internationally acclaimed exhibition “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity”—the first exhibition to uncover the fascinating relationship between art and fashion from the mid-1860s through the mid-1880s as Paris became the style capital of the world—presents a new perspective on the Impressionists, revealing how these early avant-garde artists embraced fashion trends as they sought to capture modern life on canvas.
Groom joined the Art Institute as a research assistant in 1984 and served as an assistant, then associate curator of European painting. In 1988, she was appointed the David and Mary Winton Green Curator, overseeing the museum’s renowned collection of nineteenth century painting and sculpture. An expert in French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, especially the work of artists Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, Groom has published extensively in catalogues and journals. She isthe author of the monograph Edouard Vuillard: Painter-Decorator: Patrons and Projects, 1892–1912 (1993) and author and editor of, among other works, Beyond the Easel: Decorative Painting by Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis, and Roussel, 1890–1930 (2001) and Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (2012). Additionally she is the coeditor and coauthor of The Age of French Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago (2008). Groom has curated and co-curated 11 exhibitions at the Art Institute, including Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (2013); Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde (2006–07); and Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist (1995).  She was named Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her significant contributions to French art and culture. A member of the Midwest Art Historians Society, the Arts Club of Chicago, and the Association for Historians of Nineteenth Century Art, Groom also has served as a trustee for the Association of Art Curators since 2009. She received her B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Groom received a diploma from the École du Louvre and was a 2009 Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership. In July of 2015 Groom received a prestigious honor from the French President and was named Chevalier (Knight), of the Legion of Honor.

Make sure to get your ticket to the luncheon following the lecture.  The menu will be posted once determined. Follow this link for reservations to both the lecture and luncheon starting August 15th: https://tickets.artsmia.org/ItemList.aspx

For more information on ticketing, please see the Ticketing Information page.

Speakers for Friends Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund
Sept. 10, 2015: “Impressionism: Dressing the Model, Muse and Mistress”
Gloria Groom, the David and Mary Winton Curator of 19th Century Painting and Sculpture at the Chicago Institute of Art who created the highly successful recent exhibition, “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity,” will enlighten us with stories of the impact fashion had on the Impressionist and how they captured the Paris fashion scene.
Oct. 8, 2015: “Van Gogh: The Artist and the Man”
Axel Rüger, Director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, will give us new insights into one of the most famous and intriguing painters of all time. He will share the technical research and how the Van Gogh Museum is giving us new ways to appreciate Vincent Van Gogh.
Nov. 12, 2015: “Seeing Clearly: What Photography Reveals about Native American Identity and Perception”
Tom Jones, Assistant Professor of Photography, University of Wisconsin, Madison, will explain how his Ho-Chunk identity helps him to challenge our perceptions and assumptions of Native people with new perspectives of tribal members as active agents in the Twenty-first century.
Dec. 10, 2015: “The Corset: Fashioning the Body”
Valerie Steele, Director of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City as well as a fashion historian and curator, gives a fun, innovative and academic perspective on undergarments for women through history. Steele is known as the “Freud of fashion.”
Jan. 14, 2016: “Cellini and Renaissance Jewelry”
Denise Allen, Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and former curator of Renaissance painting and sculpture at the Frick Collection, will dazzle us with stories of Renaissance jewelry.
Feb. 11, 2016: “The Art of Building Community”
Theaster Gates, Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago, and internationally renowned Social Practice Installation Artist, fuses the art world with community activism in a new approach to dealing with urban issues in communities.
March 10, 2016: “Poussin’s Death of Germanicus: Staging Roman History in Papal Rome”
Sebastian Schütze, Professor of Art History at the University of Vienna, Austria, is an expert on Baroque art as well as Italian art and culture. He is widely published in academic research which includes, Poussin and Caravaggio. He will have wonderful insights into the MIA’s Death of Germanicus by Poussin.
April 14, 2016: “Historic Rooms and Museums: Romance, Reality and Relevance”
Thomas Savage, Director of Museum Affairs at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, will enlighten us with colorful anecdotes, historical details and insights that bring the past to life.
May 12, 2016: “Tales of Stolen Art”
Chris Marinello, founder and CEO of Art Recovery Group in London, formerly the general counsel for The Art Loss Register, will share stories of art recovered after being seized by the Nazis as well as many other high profile art thefts and recoveries.

Lecture Day Tour for Friends Members

Please join us for the first Friends-Only pre-lecture tour of the 2015-2016 season. The tour complements Gloria Groom’s September 10 lecture Impressionism: Dressing the Model, Muse and Mistress.
Space is limited and these popular tours fill quickly, so please reserve your tour spot with the Friends-Only Events co-chair, Shelly McGinnis. Email is preferred: mcgclan@earthlink.net or call 612-735-6828 on or after the 15th. You will receive a confirmation. Confirmed names do NOT need to reserve a ticket through the MIA for the Fiterman lectures. Tours will be filled on a first come/first served basis. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. so please arrive early at the MIA meeting place in the Third Avenue Lobby under the Chihuly Sun. Tour participants will receive lecture tickets with reserved seating at the end of the tour.
We ask that you cancel your tour RSVP if a conflict arises; we anticipate a waiting list.

Glenn Lowry “In Between Places: Contemporary Art and the Middle East”

For nearly 20 years, art historian Glenn Lowry has directed New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the most influential modern art museum in the world. He came to MoMA as an acclaimed specialist in Islamic art. Lowry returns to his scholarly roots for this lecture. Contemporary art in the Middle East can be seen as the continuation of the historical tradition or as a radical break with the past; as a market driven phenomenon fueled by the wealth of a new Gulf-based clientele; or as a searing critique of the social and political conditions of the region often made by artists living in a diasporic condition. Dr. Lowry will explore how a number of artists from this region, including Wael Shawky, Shirin Neshat, Walid Raad, Rania Stephan, and Shahzia Sikander, navigate these complicated and highly charged issues through their varied practices that range from film-making and photography to painting and animation. Dr. Lowry became the sixth director of the Museum of Modern Art in 1995. He has significantly developed the Museum’s holdings in all mediums, adding entire collections of contemporary drawings, Fluxus, Conceptual Art, and the archives of Frank Lloyd Wright. A strong advocate of contemporary art and artists who are shaping art, he has overseen acquisitions by artists such as 2 Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra, Gerhard Richter and Robert Rauschenberg. Dr. Lowry’s initiatives include the successful merger of The Museum of Modern Art and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA P.S. 1). He also established the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age Initiative (C-MAP), a research program for the exchange of knowledge and ideas among arts experts around the world. He is currently leading a renovation and expansion project that will offer visitors a more welcoming and participatory experience and unprecedented access to MoMA’s collections and programming. Dr. Lowry received his B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University. He began his career as the first director of the Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. He was curator of Near Eastern Art at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art. He was also director of the Art Gallery of Ontario.