October 12, 2018 – 6:30 pm

Curator’s Perspective: PARIS 1900: Spectacle and Celebration

presented by Mary Weaver Chapin, curator of prints and drawings, Portland Art Museum

  • Henri Gervex (1852–1929). A Party at the Pré-Catelan, 1909. Paris, Musée Carnavalet. © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

The 1900 International Exposition celebrated achievements in science, technology, the arts, and architecture. The fair brought nearly fifty million visitors to the French capital and magnified Paris’s reputation as a sophisticated city of the twentieth century. In this lecture, curator Mary Weaver Chapin describes the importance of L'Exposition universelle in French life and how its planners created a spectacle to wow the rest of the world.

Mary Weaver Chapin earned her doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. A specialist in nineteenth-century French art, Chapin is a noted expert on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; she co-curated the exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, which was presented at the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and won a 2005 Association of Art Museum Curators Prize for Outstanding Exhibition. In 2012, she curated Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries, an exhibition mounted at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.


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