By 1850, Paris was the style capital--as well as art capital--of the world. The fashion industry was booming. Off-the-rack clothing made new styles available to vast numbers of men and women, the department store was on the rise, and fashion magazines flew off the shelves. Impressionists and other modern artists were fascinated by the innovative, changeable qualities of the new fashion industry. For Manet, Monet, Renoir, and others, modern style played a key role in the development of modern art.
Join Gloria Groom for an illustrated talk exploring the relationship between fashion and modern art at the end of the 19th century. Groom organized the 2012 blockbuster exhibition "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" that toured Paris, Chicago, and New York. The New York Times called the exhibition "thrilling" and "groundbreaking." Groom's current exhibition, "Manet and Modern Beauty" explores the way Edouard Manet--the quintessential painter of 19th-century Paris--turned to fashion for inspiration in his late career. "Manet and Modern Beauty," which opened in Chicago before traveling to Los Angeles, was hailed by The Chicago Tribune as "beautiful and au courant."
5pm - Galleries open
6pm - Cash bar + small bites
6:45pm - Free lecture