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Museum Series #6 The Barnes Foundation

This event is organized by Cultural Services of the French Embassy / La Maison Française.

The sixth installment of #MUSEUM SERIES is featuring The Barnes Foundation on Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel’s exhibition on view until January 9.


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WHAT: Museum Series #6 The Barnes Foundation

WHEN: Tuesday, November 30 , 2021 – 6pm – 7pm

WHERE: ONLINE

PRICE: Free registration

RESERVATION: Eventbrite.

On November 30, we are honored to be joined by Nancy Ireson, Deputy Director for collections and exhibitions, and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia for a virtual talk highlighting their extraordinary ongoing exhibition on French painter Suzanne Valadon.

This conversation will be moderated by Faya Causey, former Head of academic programs at the NGA, and followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Explore the life, art, and legacy of groundbreaking French painter Suzanne Valadon in her first major US exhibition.

From a childhood marked by poverty to a career as a popular artist’s model, Suzanne Valadon (born Marie-Clémentine Valadon, 1865–1938) defied the odds to become a successful artist, confounding societal expectations to assert her independence. The first self-taught woman to exhibit at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, she challenged behavioral codes with her art and lifestyle, breaking new ground with her unapologetic portraits and nudes.

This exhibition considers Valadon’s rich contribution to the early 20th-century art world, the artist’s agency in her career, and her business dealings and marketing strategies. Confrontational and witty, her works tackle themes that remain provocative today: female desire, the conflicts of marriage and motherhood, and a woman’s experience of her own physicality.

About Dr. Nancy Ireson

Nancy Ireson is the Barnes Foundation’s Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator. A specialist in European art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ireson joined the Barnes in August 2018. She began her curatorial career at the National Gallery, London, in 2005, after completing a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Courtauld Gallery, and was the Rothman Family Associate Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago before becoming Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, London in 2015.

Zoom link will be sent before the event.



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