New-York Historical Society to Host Free Lecture TROME L'OEIL AND MODERNITY, 12/5
On December 5, 2013 the New-York Historical Society will welcome Dr. Judith Barter, who will deliver the 2013 C. Richard Hilker Lecture on the relationship between trompe l'oeil and modernism in America at the close of the nineteenth century.
Despite a surge of popularity during the 1870s, trompe l'oeil-an illusionistic style of painting- was continually dismissed as an artistic technique appropriate only for trickery, deception, or humor. Dr. Barter's lecture will present trompe l'oeil as a style of painting that contained modern narratives reflecting a new consumer culture, standardization and professionalism, memory and reality, and the very nature of painting itself. Dr. Barter contends that set against the background of department stores, photography, and optics, trompe l'oeil works by Harnett, Peto, Haberle, and Cope actually redefined the meaning of contemporary painting and consequently foreshadowed issues of twentieth century American art.
The lecture will begin at 6:30 pm. Seating is extremely limited, and reservations are required; please call (212) 873-3400 ext. 359 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve seats.
Dr. Judith Barter is the Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of numerous books and exhibitions, including Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman (1999), Edward Hopper (2007), and American Art in the Age of Impressionism (2011) as well as two major collection catalogs: American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago (2009). Her recent publications include For Kith and Kin: Folk Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and the forthcoming Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine (November 2013).
The C. Richard Hilker Lecture Series is sponsored by the Sansom Foundation. The Foundation, named for the Philadelphia street where the American painter William J. Glackens was born, was established in the 1950s by the artist's son Ira Glackens and his wife Nancy. In 1990, after the founders' deaths, C. Richard Hilker assumed leadership of the Foundation until his death in 2001, when the Sansom Foundation inaugurated a series of scholarly lectures to celebrate and commemorate his leadership.
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