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.
Join Ann Hood, best- selling author and Salve Regina University’s Newport MFA founding director, for an evening talk with novelist and fellow faculty member Taylor Polites. They will discuss the literary summer residency at the program and Polites’ work in historical fiction. It will be followed by a Q & A session and reception.
Original collection titles, read in the original library. Have you ever wondered what the Redwood was like in 1750? Step into the world of the eighteenth-century Library with this new program, meeting bi-weekly in the Harrison Room. Participants will read and discuss select titles from the Original Collection, works like Don Quixote, Paradise Lost, and Candide—in the room where they’ve been read since 1750.