Spotlight on Modigliani: A Modern Artist's Life in Paris with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Spotlight on Modigliani: A Modern Artist's Life in Paris with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar examines the short but critically important career of Italian-born modern painter and sculptor Amadeo Modigliani (1884-1920). Tracing his life from his birth city of Livorno to Paris, where he relocated in 1906, we will look at the artist's drawings, paintings, and sculptures in light of his Sephardic Jewish Heritage and multi-cultural influences on his art –– as well as his tumultuous lifestyle in Montmartre and then Montparnasse. Now renowned for his enigmatic and languid painted nudes as well as arresting sculptural heads, Modigliani enjoyed little fame during his lifetime in comparison with his posthumous critical success, a contrast that we will consider along with the artist's own very self-destructive behavior.
Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will not only explore the highlights of Modigliani's oeuvre but also review recent exhibitions focused on the artist. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased desire to see Modigliani's paintings in various collections across the globe.

** Please note, this seminar was previously titled Modigliani, Modernity, and Montparnasse with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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S.G. (Wilmette, US)
An Excellent Seminar

Jennie's seminar was terrific, as always, so well presented and organized and filled with wonderful visuals. I am familiar with Modigliani's work but knew very little about his personal life and what influenced him as an artist. Jennie's seminar made a big difference in how I will now view his work.

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b.F. (Lawrence, US)
Time well spent

Jennie did a great presentation. I liked learning about Modigliani's influences and seeing them reflected in his work. He was a sad story. Too bad he died so young.

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D. (Albuquerque, US)
Modigliani with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Dr. Hirsh demonstrates a good understanding of the artist’s work and stylistic progression.

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J. (Cheltenham, US)
Great detail and visuals

This is my third seminar with Dr. Jennie Hirsh and all have been unfailingly great. This one on Modigliani was especially interesting as Dr. Hirsh set the scenario for each portion of Modigliani's developmental stages and influences. Plus, the descriptions and images of his artwork were fascinating enlightening. Much more than you can ever get from just viewing the art. I would give this experience the highest rating.

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Susan McG (New York, US)
An evening with Modigliani

Very interesting seminar. I particularly enjoyed her conversation about the exhibition the Jewish Museum in NYC put on in 2017. I visited it with a friend and it was wonderful to remember that! Very informative.

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S.G. (Wilmette, US)
An Excellent Seminar

Jennie's seminar was terrific, as always, so well presented and organized and filled with wonderful visuals. I am familiar with Modigliani's work but knew very little about his personal life and what influenced him as an artist. Jennie's seminar made a big difference in how I will now view his work.

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b.F. (Lawrence, US)
Time well spent

Jennie did a great presentation. I liked learning about Modigliani's influences and seeing them reflected in his work. He was a sad story. Too bad he died so young.

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D. (Albuquerque, US)
Modigliani with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Dr. Hirsh demonstrates a good understanding of the artist’s work and stylistic progression.

J
J. (Cheltenham, US)
Great detail and visuals

This is my third seminar with Dr. Jennie Hirsh and all have been unfailingly great. This one on Modigliani was especially interesting as Dr. Hirsh set the scenario for each portion of Modigliani's developmental stages and influences. Plus, the descriptions and images of his artwork were fascinating enlightening. Much more than you can ever get from just viewing the art. I would give this experience the highest rating.

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Susan McG (New York, US)
An evening with Modigliani

Very interesting seminar. I particularly enjoyed her conversation about the exhibition the Jewish Museum in NYC put on in 2017. I visited it with a friend and it was wonderful to remember that! Very informative.