|27 Oct 2011
We are sorry to announce that the lectures and the symposium have to be postponed due to Professor Brettell being taken ill. We will announce the new dates on this website in due course.
Humanitas Visiting Professor in the History of Art 2011
The Humanitas Chair in the History of Art has been made possible by the generous support of J E Safra.
Professor Richard Brettell
Richard Brettell (Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair in the Interdisciplinary Program in Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas) is one of the foremost authorities on Impressionism. As the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge, he will give a series of public lectures on Is there anything left to say about Impressionism? and also participate in a symposium on Friday 28 October 2011.
Impressionism and Anarcho-Syndicalism: The Suppressed Politics of an Apolitical Movement
Impressionist paintings have generally been read as a celebration of modern, urban, bourgeois life and, in the cases of Manet and Degas, its anxieties. Very little attention has been paid to the political implications of the organizing “syndicate” agreement signed by the artists in 1873-4 and their anarcho-syndicalist origins. The lecture will consider that document in some detail and will also interpret the composition and installations of the eight Impressionist exhibitions in political terms.
Further lectures in the series are:
The lectures are free and open to all, no registration required.
About Richard Brettell
More than a decade ago, he established CISM (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums) at UTD with a grant from the Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Foundation. He is director of this centre and the instigator of two important of its projects: The Yale Series in the History and Theory of Art Museums (an open-ended series of books commissioned and edited by Dr Brettell with a grant of $1,000,000.00 from the Hamon Foundation) and the Curatorial Research Project (a $950,000.00 fund to enhance curatorial research in Texas art museums and to fund teaching projects and graduate museum research, funding provided by the Hamon Foundation and the State of Texas). Dr Brettell has also been appointed the Director of the Paul Gauguin Catalogue Raisonné for the Wildenstein Institute in Paris and was recently named Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture for the work he accomplished within FRAME (French Regional/American Museum Exchange).
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