The Dahesh Museum of Art’s monthly “Salon Thursdays” offer free educational lectures from art-historical experts and scholars. Tonight’s discussion on “The Women of the Hudson River School” is led by American art scholar Jennifer C. Krieger.
The Dahesh Museum of Art in New York City — the only museum in America devoted to European academic art of the 19th and 20th centuries — has introduced a monthly educational series titled “Salon Thursdays,” which is free and open to the public. The museum invites various art-historical experts and scholars to give presentations on subjects related to their area of expertise, and the topics they cover are germane to the Dahesh Museum of Art’s curatorial mission. May’s Salon Thursday will take place tonight, with a presentation titled “Inspired by the Landscape: The Women of the Hudson River School.”
Jennifer C. Krieger, the managing partner of Hawthorne Fine Art in Manhattan and a recognized scholar of American art, will be leading this lecture, and her focus will be on the talented female contemporaries of such Hudson River School painters as Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and Asher B. Durand. According to the lecture’s description, “Jennifer Krieger identifies these determined American women artists — their training, their work, and their social circle. She tells the story of the obstacles they faced as daughters, sisters, nieces, or lovers of well-known American artists, and how they overcame the prejudices of their time in order to paint the American landscape.”
The topic for June’s “Salon Thursday” will be “Multiple Images: Reproducing Academic Art 1850–1900,” which will be held on June 6 and presented by Donato Esposito, Ph.D., an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Esposito will be exploring the successive methods of reproduction from traditional engraving, which was employed by Ingres and his contemporaries, to the rise of photography and later photogravure, which challenged traditional printmaking techniques. “Etching rose to prominence from the 1860s onwards, as its ‘painterly’ quality was seen as attractive,” states the description on the Dahesh Museum’s website. “Painters such as Alexandre Cabanel, James Tissot and Lawrence Alma-Tadema actively assisted printmaking by making reduced replicas of their works, while cheaper reproductions were popularized in Illustrated London News in London, and L’Illustration and Le Monde Illustré in Paris, and reached a very broad audience.”
For more information on these and future “Salon Thursdays” at the Dahesh, visit www.daheshmuseum.org/programs-and-events/salon-thursdays/.
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