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Delve into the world of Edgar Degas in this four-part course that will explore the influences, evolution, and independence of the iconic artist. Participants will learn about his complex approach to contemporary themes, his masterful experimentation across mediums and techniques, and the strong dualities of his personality and style of working.
$75 members/$85 nonmembers for full four-session course. Single session tickets will go on sale April 2, pending availability ($20 members/$23 nonmembers per single session).
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Nonmember four-session course tickets go on sale January 15 at 10 am.
SCHEDULE & LOCATION
- Saturdays, April 14, 21 & May 12, 19, 2018
- 2:30–4 pm
(Please note: The course is held in Sharp Auditorium. Tickets to the exhibition are sold separately.)
APRIL 14 — The Artist & Man
Explore the many sides of Degas as an artist and human being in this session that delves into the connections between his work and personal history. A man of contradictions, Degas was artistically radical, yet politically conservative; had some academic training, but could also claim to have been self-taught. Fiercely independent, he exhibited with the Impressionists but refused to be labeled as one. Degas’ vibrantly colored pastels blurred the lines between painting and drawing, yet he once stated that he preferred to work in black and white. Discover how these contradictory approaches generated a productive tension that helped propel his creativity to new heights.
Presented by Lauren Thompson, interpretive specialist for western American, American, and European art at the DAM.
APRIL 21 — Curator's Overview of Degas: A Passion for Perfection
With wit and charm, Dr. Standring’s lecture will address all of the behind-the-scenes activities that a curator performs whilst conceiving, planning and implementing Degas: A Passion for Perfection at the Denver Art Museum. You’ll learn much about the artist, as well as about the team of professionals at the museum who worked over the past five years to bring this exhibition to life. The key to success of its narrative stems from mutual respect, teamwork, diplomacy, and a great sense of humor. After all, our challenge was to present a story that accommodated the fiercely independent artist who defies categorization, Edgar Degas.
Presented by Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting & Sculpture at the DAM.
MAY 12 — Degas' Many Women
Over the course of his artistic career Edgar Degas’ representations of female subjects were as numerous and varied as the media he used to make them. Whether he was painting heroines from Greek mythology, copying Renaissance biblical figures, or making pastels or prints of modern Parisiennes—hat-makers, bourgeoises, laundresses, artists, singers, bathers, or prostitutes—he found an endless source of inspiration in women. Delve into a deeper examination of these alternately empowering and deeply troubling images.
Presented by Giulia Bernardini, art historian.
MAY 19 — Degas & the Art Market: Collector, Collected
Discover another dimension of Degas with a peek into the world of dealers and collectors who helped promote and sell his work during his lifetime and who played a role in establishing his legacy after his death. Learn about Degas' own passion for collecting and how the thousands of paintings, drawings, and prints he acquired tell the story of his ongoing fascination with and the influences of fellow artists of the period and those who preceded him.
Presented by Molly Medakovich, art historian and DAM teaching specialist.
Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, Jim Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, Colorado Creative Industries and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Image: Edgar Degas, Four Ballet Dancers on Stage (Quatro Bailarinas em Cena), 1885/1890. Oil paint on canvas; 28-3/4 x 36-1/4 in. (73 x 92 cm). Gift, Walther Moreira Salles, Simone Pilon, Jacques Pilon, Benedito Manhães Barreto, um comissário de café em Santos [a coffee commissioner in Santos], Industriais da Juta de São Paulo e [and] Diários Associados de São Paulo, 1950. Inv. MASP.00082 Collection: Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand. Photo by João Musa.