Impressionists on the Water: A Curator's View
Speaker: Melissa Buron, Assistant Curator of European Art, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Coinciding with the hosting of the America’s Cup races in the SF Bay Area, the special exhibit “Impressionists on the Water” celebrates another side of nautical life. More than 80 remarkable paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro—as well as by Post-Impressionists like Maurice Denis and Paul Signac—reveals not only breathtaking artistry but also a deep appreciation for pleasure boating and competition.
Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, “Impressionists on the Water” will be on view at the Legion of Honor through October 13, 2013, and at the Peabody Essex Museum in winter 2013. Melissa Buron, Assistant Curator of European Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will provide a glimpse into the planning and organization of this exciting and popular exhibition. How did the exhibition come to San Francisco? What challenges were faced during the installation of life-size boats? Which paintings have hidden meanings beneath the surface? What is the connection between this exhibition and the Sausalito houseboats? This lecture is intended for all audiences, including students, general art lovers and boating enthusiasts visiting for the America’s Cup.
Melissa Buron is the Assistant Curator for European Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF). She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University (2005) where she earned a BA with Honors in art history. She also holds a Master of Arts degree with Distinction in art history from the University of London, Birkbeck College (2007). Her recent publications include an essay on Andrea Mantegna in Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power (San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Books, 2011) as well as selected further reading in Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis (San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Books, 2013) and the plate commentary and selected further reading in Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay (San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Books, 2010).
Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Ph.D., will moderate.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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