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November 07, 2013

MISSOULA – Renowned art specialist Stephanie D’Alessandro will deliver a lecture titled “Picasso, Matisse and the 1913 Armory Show in Chicago” as part of the University of Montana President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the University Center Ballroom.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibition, “Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection,” which is on display in UM’s Meloy Gallery through Feb. 8, 2014.

D’Alessandro, the Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, also will present an afternoon seminar that same day titled “German Expressionism: Beyond Painting and Sculpture” 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.

D’Alessandro specializes in art of the Weimar Republic in Germany. She began her career at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow and has organized several exhibitions for Chicago, including “Poetics of Scale” in 2001 and “Juan Munoz” in 2002.

In 2009, she oversaw the installation of the modern art collection in the museum’s Modern Wing and co-curated a major exhibition, “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–17,” for The Art Institute and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The Matisse exhibition won an award from the U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics for “Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally” and a commendation for best installation from the American Association of Museum Curators.

Before joining The Art Institute, D’Alessandro was a curator for 10 years at the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago where she organized more than 20 exhibitions, including “Weimar Bodies: Fantasies about the Sexualized Body in Weimar Art, Science and Medicine” and “Still More Distant Journeys: The Artistic Emigrations of Lasar Segall,” which traveled to the Jewish Museum in New York City and the Musee d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme in Paris.

She currently is working on a comprehensive scholarly catalogue of The Art Institute’s modern collection.

The President’s Lecture Series consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. D’Alessandro’s lecture is co-sponsored by the MMAC. For more information on the President’s Lecture Series, visit or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.


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Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981,