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150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series—Color, Light, and Life: The Impressionist Revolution

With Curator of Education Mariann Smith

Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11:15 am

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Chemin de halage à Argenteuil (Tow-Path at Argenteuil), ca. 1875. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 39 3/8 inches (60 x 100 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of Charles Clifton, 1919.

FREE for Members / FREE with Gallery admission for non-members
Auditorium

Although the work of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, and their Impressionist colleagues is all over calendars, mouse pads, mugs, scarves, and posters today, back when these artists first began exhibiting their new style, most people weren’t impressed. This lecture will introduce you to the who, what, when, where, and why of Impressionism—the major artists, the social and political context, and the eight exhibitions mounted by the group, which, although often affected by dissention, were quickly branded avant-garde by critics. 

About the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series

This lecture series, held every two years in conjunction with the Education Department’s docent training course, will cover the history of art from the mid-nineteenth century through 2012. Curator of Education Mariann Smith and Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector will focus on works in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection as they cover both the art and the history of the past 150 years. The series continues through Saturday, March 16, 2013. Doors for all lectures open at 11 am. View Full Schedule