Modigliani, Modernity, and Montparnasse with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Modigliani, Modernity, and Montparnasse 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.

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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