Focus on Rodin

Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection

April 4 - June 7, 1998
Main and Octagonal Galleries, second floor

From the the extensive Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection of work by the late-nineteenth-century French sculptor Auguste Rodin, this selection of twenty-four bronzes examines three areas of Rodin's work: The Gates of Hell, Partial Figures, and Portraits. These selections from the sculptor's work manifest Rodin's position as an artist who broke the bonds of academic artistic convention with a heightened sense of personal artistic expression, paving the way for the modernism of our century.

The exhibition is made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation of Los Angeles.

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Museum

Panel Discussion and Film Screening
The Gates of Hell
Panel discussion about the literary, religious, and art historical sources for this major commission of Rodin.
Sunday, April 5, 2 pm, in the Museum

Rodin: The Gates of Hell
Documentary shows the difficulties and triumphs of casting this 8-ton bronze sculpture (1981).
Film Showing, 4-5 pm, Campbell Hall 158

Exhibition Lecture
Rodin's Balzac: A Centennial Celebration of a Scandalous Sculpture
by Dr. Ian Wardropper, curator of european decorative arts and sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago
Thursday, April 16, 5:30 pm, Campbell Hall 153, reception follows in the Museum