Allbritton Lecture To Focus On French Modern Art

March 24, 2004

Dr. Kenneth Silver, professor and chair of fine arts at New York University, will discuss modern art from the French Riviera at the Allbritton Art Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, March 28, in room 149 in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Silver's lecture and slide presentation, "Materials, Modernism and Abstraction: Modern Art on the Riviera," is free and open to the public.

With interest in French and American 20th-century art, Silver is the author of Making Paradise: Art, Modernity and the Myth of the French Riviera, which details how the Côte d'Azur has been a magnet for artists since Renoir and Monet took a two-week painting vacation there in 1883 and surveys the achievements of artists from the 1880s to the late 20th century.

His other books include An Expressionist in Paris: The Paintings of Chaim Soutine, Esprit de Corps: the Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War, 1914-1925 and The Circle of Montparnasse: Jewish Artists in Paris 1905-1945.

Additionally, he is contributing editor with Art in America and on the editorial board of French Politics, Culture, and Society. He also serves as a lecturer with Christie's New York art program. He received his bachelor's degree from NYU and his master's degree and doctorate from Yale University. He has taught at NYU since 1981.

The Allbritton Art Institute was established within Baylor's art department in 1998 by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Allbritton. The Institute promotes the appreciation and comprehensive study of the artists and art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries with special emphasis on the movements of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

For more information, call 710-1867.

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