Our curators not only preserve and develop the museum's collections, organize exhibitions, write catalogues, and conduct scholarly research (among many other things), but they also present that research at venues around the world. In fact, earlier this week Gloria Groom, David and Mary Winton Green Curator of Nineteenth Century European Painting and Sculpture, spoke at The Frick Collection in New York about how the Impressionists interpreted and reimagined fashion in their paintings. The subject is apropos for a number of reasons: the Frick is currently featuring an exhibition of paintings by Renoir—including Art Institute favorite Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando, pictured above—and Gloria is in the midst of planning an exhibition titled Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, which you've readabouthere.
In her talk at the Frick (which you can see here), Gloria previews the exhibition and delves into the public reaction to the models (often mistresses) shown in Impressionist paintings; the "horse trading" that occurs to secure works for an exhibition; and the difficulty of finding examples of the fashion portrayed in paintings.
Image Credit: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando (Francisca and Angelina Wartenberg), 1879. Potter Palmer Collection.
4 hours 10 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to the famous artist and chronicler of Parisian nightlife Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
This poster is said to have launched the career of French can-can dancer Jane Avril, whose alluring and unique stage persona inspired Nicole Kidman’s character in the film Moulin Rouge.
See two rarely exhibited prints of Jane Avril along with several other works by Toulouse-Lautrec in Gallery 242.
7 hours 36 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago FRIDAY–Start the holidays off with a roar at the 24th Annual Wreathing of the Lions.
Warm up with complimentary hot chocolate and enjoy the family festivities. Free and open to the public!
23 hours 25 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago This luminous shrine—now on view in Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings—translates the centuries-old traditions of the Pushtimarg for audiences today.
Gates of the Lord showcases a wide selection of pichvais, textile hangings used to denote the changing of seasons and festivals throughout the year. Fittingly, this digital update of the pichvai tradition was designed by Kapil Sharma, great-grandson of the 19th-century master Nathdwara artist Narayan Sharma.
See this work and over 100 others in Gates of the Lord, on view through January 3—http://bit.ly/1P4dO8j