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James Tissot: Fashion and Faith Closing Weekend Symposium

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James Tissot, "Holyday (The Picnic)," ca. 1876

James Tissot, "Holyday (The Picnic)," ca. 1876. © Tate, London 2019

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater

Bringing together a distinguished group of international museum curators and scholars, join us at our 2-day symposium to celebrate the closing weekend of the exhibition, James Tissot: Fashion and Faith. Papers presented in Part I of the symposium on Saturday, February 8 discuss topics related to the theme of "Fashion" and papers in Part 2 on Sunday, February 9 focus on the theme of "Faith" in Tissot's career.
This symposium is made possible through generous support from the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust and the Amy P. Goldman Foundation.

Part 1 "Fashion" Schedule

10:30 am — Behind-the-Scenes: Revealing Tissot's Paint Technique; Sarah Kleiner, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
11 am — Chicks with Guns: Tissot’s The Crack Shot and Women’s Relationship to Firearms; Nancy Rose Marshall, Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
11:30 am — Break
noon — James Tissot and ‘the little class’ of the Belle Époque; Lucy Paquette, Independent Art Historian.
12:30 pm — "The Impresario": Degas - or Tissot?; Anthea Callen, FRSA Emeritus Professor ANU Canberra Emeritus Professor of Visual Culture, University of Nottingham.
1 pm — Break
2:30 pm —  Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blaché; film screening, (103 minutes)
When Alice Guy Blanché completed her first film in 1896 Paris, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blanché follows her rise from Gaumont secretary to her appointment as head of production a year later, and her subsequent illustrious 20-year career in France and in the United States, as the founder of her own studio and as writer, director, and/or producer of 1,000 films—after which she was veritably erased from history. Directed by Pamela B. Green, the film is narrated by Jodie Foster. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Pamela B. Green & exhibition Curator, Melissa Buron, which will discuss James Tissot's biblical watercolors as sources of inspiration for Alice Guy Blanché’s films.  



Sarah Kleiner, Associate Paintings Conservator, joined the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2012.  She earned an M.S. from the Wintherthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, and graduated with honors from Colorado College with a B.A. in studio art.  Prior to graduate school, Sarah worked for seven years at the Seattle Art Museum.  She was the was the Sherman Fairchild Fellow in paintings conservation at The Metropolitan Museum, and has interned at the Mauritshuis, Frick Collection, and National Gallery of Art, Washington.  In preparation for James Tissot: Fashion & Faith (2019), Sarah worked with NU-ACCESS to launch a two-year, international collaboration to study the artist's painting technique.

Nancy Rose Marshall teaches modern art and visual culture, with an emphasis on Victorian Britain, in the art history department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently working on a book on Pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti and a project on fire in the nineteenth century, Marshall is very excited to return to the subject of her first publication, James Tissot: Victorian Life/Modern Love (Yale Center for British Art exhibition catalogue,1999). 

Lucy Paquette, Independent Art Historian. In 2012, Lucy Paquette published The Hammock: A novel based on the true story of French painter James Tissot on Amazon's Kindle platform. Since then, Lucy has produced a monthly blog, The Hammock, on James Tissot’s life, art, associates and times, combining previous scholarship with original research and discussions of Tissot’s work in public collections worldwide and at auction.

Anthea Callen FRSA is Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University, and Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture, University of Nottingham, UK. Anthea is also a regular expert on BBC1's 'Fake or Fortune?'. Author of nine books, including The Art of Impressionism: Painting Technique and the Making of Modernity (2000). Her latest research, Looking at Men: Art, Anatomy and the Modern Male Body, spans the visual cultures of art and medicine to examine the modern male body, masculinity and power c.1780 to 1920 (Yale, 2018).

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Free after General Admission. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offers free general admission every Saturday for all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. Free tickets to the symposium will be distributed an hour prior to the first lecture.

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