“Burn the Gondolas: Sargent, Whistler and Modern Art in Venice”
We are pleased to welcome our speaker Crawford Alexander Mann III (Alex), Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator Telfair Museums, Savannah. (Mary Ellis Jarvie Lecture)
In the late nineteenth century, countless American artists, writers and tourists flocked to Venice to experience its beautiful setting, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant glassmaking history. This diverse artistic scene is the subject of a major exhibition currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC: Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano. For this lecture, Alex Mann, the creator and curator of this show, will explore how some artists of this era boldly rejected stereotypical Venetian sources of inspiration and sought to develop alternative, modern styles. Could the city of Venice celebrate its history and simultaneously be a capital of modern art, nurturing creativity and originality?
This exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where it will be on view through May 8, 2022, following by presentations at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Mystic Seaport Museum.