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Gallery Talk: American Art in the Gilded Age

July 3, 2018
Meet in Griffin Court
Free with museum admission

"It doesn't pay to paint everybody," said artist Cecilia Beaux of her upper-class clientele. The economic and cultural era known as the “Gilded Age” in the United States saw the rise of cosmopolitan artists like John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt, and institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago. In this gallery talk, explore the aesthetic and economic realities of the age with educator Nenette Luarca-Shoaf. 

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Cecilia Beaux. Dorothea and Francesca, 1898. A. A. Munger Collection.