The largest and most important exhibition of contemporary art in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Parisian Salon was a dazzling, crowded, and crowd-pleasing spectacle. In this talk, we will explore how artists made their reputations at the Salon and how politicians of all kinds attempted to use this symbol of the nation to win the hearts and minds of a fractious public. We will see that the Salon was a site of artistic struggle, a malleable political metaphor, and a space of social display. A tour of the current salon exhibition with curator Benedict Leca will follow the lecture.
Free and all are welcome. Register Online or call 401-847-0292.
This lecture series is generously sponsored by Jarzombek Family: Marianne, Mark and Michelle Drum.