American Painting Expert Will Give Talk At U.Va. On Artist James
McNeil Whistler’s Work
January 29, 2003--
David Park Curry, curator of American arts, The Virginia Museum
of Fine Arts
"Style Wars: Whistler, Aestheticism, and Impressionism"
Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m.
Campbell Hall, Room 160
University of Virginia
Park Curry, curator of American arts at the Virginia Museum of Fine
Arts, is a specialist in 19th-century American painting. His U.Va.
lecture, "Style Wars: Whistler, Aestheticism, and Impressionism,"
will draw from his forthcoming book on James McNeil Whistler. Re-examining
Whistler's self-proclaimed rejection of Gustave Courbet's Realism,
Curry’s lecture will explore how Whistler's work served as
a link between Impressionism and the Aesthetic movement, two movements
ordinarily considered distinct. In his tireless efforts to avoid
being typecast, Whistler dissociated himself not only from Realism,
but also from both of these movements, yet he synthesized all three.
lecture is free and open to the public.
publications include, “American Impressionism and Realism:
The Painting of Modern Life, 1885-1915,” “Childe Hassam:
An Island Garden Revisited” and the forthcoming "Style
Wars: Whistler, Aestheticism, and Impressionism."
details, contact Maurie McInnis at (434) 243-8651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298