Henri Matisse paintings
Detail of “Dame à la robe blanche (Woman in White)” by Henri Matisse

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. curator Denise Murrel will offer a lecture on “Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today” at the Art Students League of New York. (Read more about the exhibition in this preview.)

Art history - William H Johnson
William H. Johnson, “Portrait of Woman with Blue and White Striped Blouse” (ca. 1940–42), tempera on paperboard, 28 × 22 1/16 inches, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, gift of the Harmon Foundation (image courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC)

Denise Murrel is the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University and Curator of the Wallach’s exhibition “Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today,” based on the dissertation for her 2014 Columbia PhD. She earned two other degrees from Columbia, a master’s in 2004 and an M.Phil in 2010, and is also the author of the exhibition’s catalogue, published by Yale University Press.

A lecture and discussion on “Posing Modernity.” This exhibition proposes that the changing representation of the black female figure has been central to the development of modernism from Édouard Manet’s “Olympia” (1863) to the present. Murrel will discuss her commitment to expanding diversity within the curatorial field and academic art history, and to developing exhibition programs that introduce overlooked narratives to new and broader museum audiences, as well as her research and dissertation on the female form.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:30–8:00 p.m.

The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, Art Students League of New York

Art history - Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse, “Dame à la robe blanche (Woman in White)” (1946) oil on canvas, canvas: 38 × 23 3/4 inches; image (visible): 35 5/8 × 23 1/4 inches, Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections, gift of John and Elizabeth Bates Cowles (photo by Rich Sanders, Des Moines, Iowa; Matisse © 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

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