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Coffee with a Curator – SOLD OUT

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April 3 @ 10:30am 11:30am

The Audacity of Impressionism

Join us for this installment of our Coffee with a Curator series where Museum Staff or invited guests speak on a range of Dalí-inspired topics.

In conjunction with our special exhibition, Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More, Dr. H. Alexander Rich, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Polk Museum of Art, explores the transformational rise of Impressionism as an avant-garde art style and movement and how a group of artists who wanted simply to paint real life as their eyes saw it stunned the art world — and revolutionized modern art history along the way.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater (registration required), with overflow seating available in the Raymond James Community Room or live on YouTube (link below).

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H. Alexander Rich, Ph.D

H. Alexander Rich, Ph.D., is Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Polk Museum of Art and Chair of the Department of Art History and Museum Studies at Florida Southern College.  At Florida Southern, he is also Associate Professor of Art History and holds the George and Dorothy Forsythe Endowed Chair in Art History and Museum Studies. Dr. Rich is a specialist in Modern and Contemporary art history, with a particular focus on European and American art of the 19th and 20th centuries. He earned his Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and his A.B. from Dartmouth College. 

A native of New York City, Dr. Rich is the curator of far-ranging and acclaimed museum exhibitions, including Masters of Spain: Goya and PicassoRenoir: Les ÉtudesRembrandt’s AcademyChagall: Stories into DreamsToulouse-Lautrec and the Belle ÉpoqueThe Art of the Highwaymen, and Edward Hopper and Guy Pène du Bois: Painting the Real at the Polk Museum of Art. Before moving to Florida in 2014, Dr. Rich taught previously in both the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York and in the City University of New York system. Prior to joining the staff of the Polk Museum in 2017 and becoming its executive director in 2019, he has also worked in both curatorial and education capacities at museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, NH.