Fall / Winter Course 2017

This four-session course will transport participants to 19th-century Paris, offering an in-depth exploration of the city as an epicenter for women artists from Europe and America.

Discover the challenges, triumphs, and remarkable creativity of those who lived, studied, and exhibited in the city from 1850 to 1900, a period of great social, cultural, and artistic change.

$75 members/$85 nonmembers for full four-session course.

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  • Saturdays, November 11 & 18, December 2 & 9, 2017
  • 2:30–4 pm
  • Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Building, Lower Level (Please note: The course is held in Sharp Auditorium. Tickets to the exhibition are sold separately.)


NOVEMBER 11 “Paris – At last I have found what I longed for without knowing what it was! Life, that is Paris! Paris, that is life!” - Marie Bashkirtseff, 1873

In the second half of the nineteenth century Paris left behind its medieval past to embrace a new era of modernity, replacing its narrow, tortuous streets with grander boulevards and spacious public parks. Yet, while the city and its surroundings were becoming more accessible and open, women artists still experienced the limitations and restrictions imposed by a society that was reluctant to accept their professional ambitions. In the first session, Angelica Daneo, curator of European art, will share her curatorial insights on the exhibition Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, focusing on the artworks of 37 artists who came to Paris to pursue a career in the arts, showing the public and critics they could paint more than just pretty still lifes.

Presented by Angelica Daneo, curator of painting and sculpture at the DAM.

NOVEMBER 18 Her Voice

In this course session, discover the private lives of the women artists of Her Paris. We'll explore the ways in which their personal journals and letters reveal an eye-opening range of opinions, humor, joys, and struggles throughout their remarkable careers.

Presented by Lauren Thompson, interpretive specialist for western American, American, and European art at the DAM.

DECEMBER 2 — Paris: City of Modernity

From the middle to the end of the nineteenth century, France experienced intense socio-political tension and transformation. Against a backdrop of imperial and republican struggles for power, Paris grew into a sprawling urban center to which artists flocked from around the country and beyond. This lecture will discuss the influence the city played on their self-proclaimed identities as custodians of tradition or pioneers of modernity.

Presented by Giulia Bernardini.

DECEMBER 9 — Creative Duos: Companionship & Competition

In the final session, dig more deeply into the relationships-professional and personal, harmonious and frought-of several Her Paris artists and their creative colleagues, both male and female. From more familiar duos like Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas to pairs like Rosa Bonheur and Anna Klumpke, we'll consider how such creative companionships impacted these artists and look at the ways in which their stories have been historically framed.

Presented by Molly Medakovich, art historian and DAM teaching specialist.


Angelica Daneo, curator of painting and sculpture at the Denver Art Museum

Angelica Daneo

A native Italian, Angelica Daneo brings her expertise and love of art to the DAM as curator of painting and sculpture. Among her projects, Daneo curated Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum and Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection; Cities of Splendor: A Journey Through Renaissance Italy and Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism. Most recently she curated for Denver Rhythm & Roots: Dance in American Art and she was the organizing curator of Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance.

Lauren Thompson, interpretive specialist for western American, European, and American art at the Denver Art Museum

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson is the interpretive specialist for western American, European, and American art at the DAM, where she has been the lead educator on Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, Degas: A Passion for Perfection, and Backstory: Western American Art in Context, among other exhibitions. Prior to coming to the DAM, she served as director of programs at the Ann Arbor Art Center, commissioner of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, and education specialist for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities at the University of Michigan.

Giulia Bernardini

Giulia Bernardini

Giulia Bernardini is an instructor of humanities at the University of Colorado. An Italian-American hybrid and trained actress, she enjoys experimenting with pedagogical techniques in both the classroom and the museum and is fascinated by the relationship between teaching and performance. She has had the pleasure of teaching several courses for the DAM and has also led various tours during DAM Untitled Final Fridays.

Molly Medakovich, teaching specialist for adult programs at the Denver Art Museum

Molly Medakovich

Molly Medakovich is a teaching specialist for adult programs at the Denver Art Museum, with a focus on adult and college audiences and lifelong learning.  You can find her in the galleries leading a monthly Mindful Looking session, lecturing on European and American art in exhibition-related courses, or working with docents on best practices of gallery teaching. She has a Ph.D. in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art history and, in addition to her work at the DAM, teaches art history courses at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.