A Death in the Family: Women, Subjecthood and Violence in Academic Painting

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Date(s) - 11/12/2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

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Join Matthew Jarvis, UF Visiting Assistant Professor in Modern Art History, for a gallery talk on November 12, 2017, at 3 P.M. in Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Jarvis will discuss the role of subjectivity and the female body as it relates to violence in and around the time of the French Revolution of 1789. This talk, in Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection, will explore the function of competing narratives around the female form and what these narratives reveal about the social structure of the Academy.

A Death in the Family is free and open to the public.

Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection
Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection is primarily an exhibition of drawings, but will include pastels, paintings and sculptures selected from one of the world’s best private collections of French drawings. The exhibition will feature more than 150 works by many of the most prominent artists of the eighteenth and early nineteenth-century, ranging from spirited, improvisational sketches and figural studies, to highly finished drawings of exquisite beauty, the works included in the exhibition vary in terms of style, genre and period. The exhibition will offer fresh perspectives on a subject that still has direct relevance to our times, but that has not been the focus of a significant exhibition for decades. Through its conceptual framework, thematic organization and its emphasis on historical context, the exhibition will provide viewers opportunities to consider what issues pertaining to women’s lives seem to have changed or persisted through time and across space.

Becoming a Woman is curated by Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History and Research Foundation Professor, University of Florida, and the late Mary D. Sheriff, W.R. Kenan J. Distinguished Professor of Art History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is organized by Alvin L. Clark, Jr, Curator, The Horvitz Collection and The J.E. Horvitz Research Curator, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg. An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition and be available for purchase in the Museum Store. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Londono Family Endowment, the C. Frederick & Aase B. Thompson Foundation, Dr. M. F. Smith and Mr. Carl E. Wisler, Marcia Issacson, Kenneth and Laura Berns and Visit Florida with additional support from the Harn Program Fund and a group of women in the UF community.