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Director's Lecture Series 2014–2015, Lecture 3—“Painters of Modern Life, 1860–1900”

By Dr. Janne Sirén, Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7–8:30 pm

Cathleen Chaffee, Janne Sirén, and Joe Lin-Hill with Clyfford Still’s 1951-E, 1951 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Gift of the artist, 1964).

(Complete series: Tuesdays, September 16, 2014; October 14, 2014; November 11, 2014; February 10, 2015; March 10, 2015; and April 14, 2015, 7–8:30 pm)

7–8 pm, Lecture
8–8:30 pm, Conversation with Participants

Series Price:
$500 general admission
$375 for Members
$200 for students (with valid student ID)
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The third lecture addresses the best-known figures of the nineteenth-century avant-garde: artists such as Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883), Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Georges Seurat (French, 1859–1891), and Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Their signal achievements are at the core of the Impressionist movement, a generation of artists attuned to the provocations and charms of everyday life. The fruitful relationship between artists and writers during the second half of the nineteenth century immeasurably enriched the Impressionist movement. Popular histories of Impressionism will therefore be contextualized through a discussion of some of the movement’s critics, in particular the poet and writer Charles Baudelaire (French, 1821–1867). 


Following the overwhelming success of the 2013–2014 inaugural Director’s Lecture Series, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is pleased to introduce the 2014–2015 Director’s Lecture Series, entitled “The Birth, Rise, and Evolution of Avant-Garde Art.” Six lectures will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the eighteenth-century origins and nineteenth- and twentieth-century development of the modern definition of the artist: a figure who rejects dominant cultural mores and leads the vanguard of creative and even societal transformation. The series is designed by Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Dr. Janne Sirén and presented by Dr. Sirén, as well as Deputy Director Dr. Joe Lin-Hill and Curator Dr. Cathleen Chaffee. Learn More