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Art Historian Richard Kendall to Speak on Degas

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September 1, 2011
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The distinguished art historian and curator Richard Kendall will present a slide lecture, “Looking, Moving, Making: Degas’s ‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen,” on Monday, Oct. 10, at noon. Jointly sponsored by the Homewood Art Workshops of Johns Hopkins and the Painting Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the lecture will take place in Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Kendall is a co-curator of the exhibition “Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement,” which opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on Saturday, Sept. 17. In addition to Degas’s “Little Dancer” sculpture, his talk will focus on central themes of the exhibition, including the rise of photography and parallel movements in science. The exhibition will not travel to the United States, making this lecture a rare opportunity to glimpse Degas in the artistic and scientific contexts of his time.

Kendall, 67, is internationally known as a curator of exhibitions of 19th and 20th century European art. His exhibitions have been presented at major museums, both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Clark Art Institute, where he is Curator-at-Large, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Gallery, and the National Gallery, London.

He is one of the leading specialists working today on the art of Edgar Degas, and over the past two decades has organized the exhibitions “Degas: Images of Women” in 1989; “Degas Landscapes” in 1993; “Degas and the Little Dancer” in 1998; “Degas: Beyond Impressionism” in 1996;” and with his wife, Jill DeVonyar, “Degas and the Dance” in 2002-2003.  In 2010, he organized “Picasso Looks at Degas” with Elizabeth Cowling.

Details of the Royal Academy exhibition can be found here: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/degas/about-the-exhibition/

For further information on the Kendall lecture, call 410-516-6705.

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