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Programming in conjunction with The Buffoonish Bourgeois exhibition, Spring 2008
This spring, the Museum will host a series of talks in conjunction with the exhibition The Buffoonish Bourgeois: Caricatures and Satire of the Upper Middle-Class Businessman in 19th-century France, which will be on-view in the La Salle University Art Museum’s newly renovated Special Exhibitions Gallery March 5 – May 30, 2008. The Buffoonish Bourgeois offers a selection of journal and book illustrations that poke fun at the middle-class and their mores. Artists represented in the exhibition include Honoré Daumier, Paul Gavarni, J.J. Grandville (Jean-Ignace-Isidore Gérard), Charles Vernier, André Gill, Alfred Jarry, and František Kupka. This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the International Fine Print Dealers Association. An exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase at the Museum.
Tuesday, March 11, 12:30 PM“Politics, Sex and Censorship in France: 1830 – 1900”
Phillip Dennis Cate, Director Emeritus, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
Dennis Cate oversaw the development of an unmatched collection of French graphic arts and ephemera related to bohemian Montmartre. He has written and co-written numerous books on the French graphic arts including Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre (2006) and The Graphic Arts and French Society: 1871-1914(1988). He will lecture on the censorship of political and sexual content in nineteenth-century French journal illustrations.
Thursday, March 20, 12:30 PM“Phrenology & Physiology in Daumier’s Oeuvre”
Florence Quideau, PhD Candidate, Rutgers University
Florence Quideau is writing her dissertation on Honoré Daumier’s political caricature portrait busts. She is curating an exhibition of Daumier’s work at the Zimmerli Art Museum, which will be on-view in spring 2008. Quideau will speak about “Phrenology & Physiology in Daumier’s Oeuvre.” Although phrenology was all but discounted as a pseudo-science by the 1840s, popular belief in the idea that character could be read in facial features and head shape persisted. Daumier employed phrenology to reveal the character flaws of French politicians and officials. Quideau will show how Daumier used exaggeration and distortion to comic and critical effect in his journal illustration caricatures.
Thursday, April 3, 6:15 PM“Not so easy: Images of Middle-Class Men accosting Un-chaperoned Women on the Streets of Paris c. 1840s-1890s”
Carmen Vendelin, Assistant Curator of Art, La Salle University Art Museum and PhD Candidate, Rutgers University
Carmen Vendelin is in the final stages of writing a dissertation on the employment of gender non-conformity as a rebellious strategy by bohemian artists in the Parisian cabaret journals Le Chat noir and Le Courrier français in the 1880s and 1890s. Vendelin will give an introductory curator’s overview of the exhibition at 12:30 PM, March 13 and a scholarly lecture on April 3rd. The lecture, “Not so easy: Images of Middle-Class Men accosting Un-chaperoned Women on the Streets of Paris c. 1840s-1890s,” draws from her dissertation and address issues at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and class.
Programming for The Buffoonish Bourgeois: Caricatures and Satire of the Upper Middle-Class Businessman in 19th-century France is being cosponsored by the Departments of Fine Arts and Foreign Languages and funded by the La Salle University Concert and Lecture Series.
The La Salle University Art Museum is located on the lower level of Olney Hall on the campus of La Salle University at 19th St. and Olney Ave. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday and 2 to 4 PM on Sundays. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Classes and group visits by appointment. Special tours can be arranged. For further information call 215-951-1221 or visit our website at http://www.lasalle.edu/museum/.