John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Impressionism marked a resurgence for pastel across Europe and America. Advocating truthfulness and modernity, artists like Morisot, Cassatt, and Gonzalès applied pastel to daring subjects with technical prowess. In doing so, they asserted themselves as formidable artists, transcending and even overturning the medium’s traditional ‘feminine' connotations. Illustrating their stories, Furio Rinaldi, exhibition curator and curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, will be in conversation with Laura D. Corey, Cassatt’s expert and senior researcher in the director’s office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Laura D. Corey is a project manager for curatorial, conservation, and science initiatives, and senior researcher in the director’s office of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she specialized in nineteenth-century French and American art and the history of collecting. Her dissertation and related scholarship have focused on Mary Cassatt’s pivotal role as an advisor to American collectors. Corey has contributed to many exhibitions of nineteenth-century art at The Met and other museums and most recently was co-curator of The Met’s 150th-anniversary exhibition, Making The Met, 1870–2020.
Furio Rinaldi, PhD, is the curator of drawings and prints in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Fine Arts Museums’ department of works on paper. An expert on fifteenth and sixteenth century drawings—particularly the schools of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo—Rinaldi has authored many publications and organized exhibitions on the subject. His curatorial experience includes positions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan. Most recently he was specialist in the department of old master and nineteenth century drawings at Christie’s, New York.
About the Exhibition
Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present
presents a powerful selection of masterpiece drawings done with pastel, one of the most versatile and adaptable media in art history. Spanning from the Renaissance to most recent artistic experimentations—from Rosalba Carriera to Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas to John Altoon and Wayne Thiebaud—the narrative highlights technical aspects with an emphasis on the design process behind the works. Drawn mostly from the Fine Arts Museums’ own holdings in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the museums’ department of works on paper, the exhibition celebrates the artistry of pastel through the richness of the Bay Area art collections with selected loans from local private collections and public institutions.
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