The Department of Art and Art History's Weintz Art Lecture Series presents "Posing Modernity: A Retrospective View and Implications for Art History," a lecture by Denise Murrell, Associate Curator of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Denise Murrell will present an overview and critical framework for her 2018 Columbia University exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, and its iterations at the Musée d’Orsay Paris and at the Mémorial ACTe Guadeloupe. She will discuss the project’s representation of the Black presence in the artistic milieu of late nineteenth century Paris as central to the development of early modern art. She will explore the relevance of this iconographic lineage for successive generations of artists from the early twentieth century modernists of the Harlem Renaissance and the School of Paris to the global contemporary art of today. She will conclude with observations on the project’s implications for art history and curatorial practice in the current moment of renewed focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in art history.
Denise Murrell, PhD, is an Associate Curator, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (January 2020-present). She was the curator of the 2018 exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today at Columbia University's Wallach Art Gallery, as the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar. She was a co-curator of the exhibition's expansion at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, as Le Modèle Noir de Géricault à Matisse and a guest lecturer for its final tour as Le Modèle Noir de Géricault à Picasso at the Memorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. Murrell is the author of the Posing Modernity exhibition catalogue (Yale University Press and Wallach Art Gallery, 2018), which was based on her 2014 PhD dissertation at Columbia. The catalogue received CAA and Dedalus Foundation book awards. She was an essayist for the related Orsay exhibition catalogue. She held a Mellon pre-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University Art Museum (2012-2013) and taught art history at Columbia University in New York and in Paris. She previously received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and had an extended career in finance and consulting.
This lecture series is made possible by a generous grant from Fred Weintz and Rosemary Weintz
Image: Édouard Manet, Olympia or Laure (detail), 1863. Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
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