Renowned art curator, author and lecturer Gloria Groom will deliver a talk titled “The School of Nature in French Art: From Realism to Impressionism” as part of The University of Montana President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
Groom, the Mary and David Winton Green curator of 19th-century European painting and sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago, also will present an afternoon seminar that same day titled “Impressionism: Fashion and Modernity” from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both the seminar and lecture are free and open to the public.
In her evening lecture, Groom will comment on the artists and works seen in the Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibition “Labor and Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection.” The exhibit includes 19th-century French art from painters including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Augustin Lhermitte. The MMAC is located in the PAR/TV Center.
Groom joined The Art Institute in 1984 and has worked as a curator and catalogue author for exhibitions of French artists including Odilon Redon, Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Her book “Edouard Vuillard: Painter-Decorator” was published by Yale University Press in 1993. She organized the major loan exhibition “Fashion, Impressionism and Modernity,” which opened in Paris this fall. Groom was awarded the title of chevalier des arts et lettres by the French government in 2005 and officier des arts et lettres in 2012.
The President’s Lecture Series consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. Groom’s lecture is co-sponsored by the MMAC. For more information on the President’s Lecture Series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.