Birthed out of conflict and shaped by Enlightenment ideals, this national museum was given the voice of rites and rituals at a time of drastic secularization during the movement led by the intellectual and political luminaries of the Age of Reason. We will explore the many ways in which this iconic architectural marvel became a sign of revolutionary ideology and an emblem of freedom and civilization over oppression and tyranny. We will journey through Paris following the eighteenth-century curated path designed to transform a royal subject into a citizen of the nation on a day’s journey that includes baptism in the waters of the citizenry and a cleansing ritual at the newly inaugurated national museum.
Together we will unveil the public relations campaign that transformed a symbol of tyranny into a sign of unity, national pride, and collective identity. We will walk, if only virtually, through the gates and liminal spaces, through the halls and curatorial structures that weave a story of ritual, a narrative of nationhood, and a tale of becoming. We will discover how visitors still today actively participate in this narrative, whether consciously or not. We will learn why key masterpieces occupy strategic placements in galleries of physical and ideological confluence, and we will learn to identify the authorial voices of curatorial and architectural narratives.
Led by Ana-Joel Falcón-Wiebe, an expert on nineteenth-century French art, this Conversation will equip participants with the fine-tuned skills to read the subscript and enter the museum space confidently and knowledgeably. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased awareness of museological and curatorial narratives for a more meaningful and personal museum experience.
About Your Expert
Dr. Ana-Joel Falcón-Wiebe is an art historian, educator, and curator specializing in nineteenth-century French art. Her doctoral dissertation surveyed the interconnectivity of national identities in nineteenth-century Paris through acquisitions of seventeenth-century Spanish artworks by private collectors. Born and raised in Mexico, Ana-Joel has lived in Canada and France and currently resides in the USA. Her work and pedagogy are flavored by her penchant for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary learning experiences and approaches. While she is a nineteenth-century French art specialist, her interests are broad and her experience speaks of a confluence of early modern and contemporary issues in art. Working at the Cabinet de Dessins, Musée du Louvre, her research on sixteenth and seventeenth-century Italian prints and drawings culminated in the publication of the department’s most comprehensive and up-to-date catalog of Italian drawings. She assisted in curating major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada on Caravaggio and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on Francisco Oller’s Impressionist oeuvre. Concomitant to her curatorial career Ana-Joel has taught Art History for thirteen years and currently holds a position as Adjunct Faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art. In addition to her academic and museological achievements, Ana-Joel is an artist and opened her own studio in 2020 at the service of women who have suffered abuse in the context of domestic violence and the ongoing pandemic.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
It was really enlightening to see the forces operating in the preservation of the art belonging to the crown and nobility. The Spirit of the Revolution raising above resentment and revenge for the good of the people. This conversation helped me to se the Louvre with different eyes, not as a regal collection, but as a human expression guarded for our delight and education.
Innovative lecture on the architectural and cultural history of the Louvre through 1793. It begins with a review of the many purposes of the Louvre buildings over its first five centuries. Then the seminar covers fascinating detail of how the new post revolutionary government repurposed the buildings and the philosophy behind that to promote new French ideals. Especially enjoyed the re-creation of the walking tour of the different stations of the celebration of unity and indivisibility of the republic.
I have participated in many on-line offerings, and I found this one quite strange. Rather than blocking video and audio of participants, participants were told to block video if they wanted, and to turn off their mics. Some people do not understand that they are on camera! One participant appeared to pick her nose--very distracting!
The presentation itself was sub-par. The presenter appeared to be reading directly from her notes. Occasionally, when she was animated about a particular point, she spoke naturally and effusively, which was a welcome relief. I noticed from the initial audience of ten, there were four of us who made it to the end.