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Lecture: Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde—The Power of Place



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  • Free, registration required

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Factories at Clichy, 1887

Vincent van Gogh. Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg by exchange, 579:1958

Join Loren Wright, assistant director of interpretation, for a discussion about how the scenery just outside Paris inspired the five artists of Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Modern Landscape and continues to inspire artists today. 

Bringing together more than 75 paintings and drawings, this exhibition follows five interconnected artists—Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Émile Bernard, and Charles Angrand—as they retreated to the working-class suburbs of Paris in the 1880s and found there an evolving industrial and social landscape that fueled intense creativity and experimentation.

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About the Speaker


Loren Wright is assistant director of interpretation at the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her master’s degree in museum and exhibition studies from the University of Illinois Chicago, and her MA capstone project focused on a new Black curatorial method. She is passionate about creating more inclusive museums.

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum. In accordance with state and City of Chicago guidelines, visitors to the museum are no longer required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination, though anyone who would like to wear a mask is encouraged to do so. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the week before your visit, we ask that you stay home. We appreciate your help in keeping the museum a healthy and safe place for our staff and visitors. Learn more about our visiting policies.

Closed captioning and an ASL interpreter will be available for this program. For questions related to accessibility accommodations, please email

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This program is generously sponsored by

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