Dali Museum Building, Daytime

coffee with a curator (online)

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January 6, 2021 @ 10:30am 11:00am

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

This month, special guest Fr. Robert Keffer will join us for his talk “Moguls, Matrons and Royalty: Salvador Dalí and the Society Portrait,” where he will explore Salvador Dali’s contribution to portraiture via the tradition of the “society portrait.” Through an analysis of Dali’s commissioned portraits of American society women, Hollywood moguls and what was left of the old European aristocracy, Fr. Keffer will examine Dalí’s painting technique, the lives of his subjects and Dalí’s unquenchable desire to be amongst the titled and well born. In the end, Fr. Keffer hopes to show that Dali could be included in the modern portraiture canon, along with the likes of Ingres, John Singer Sargent, etc.

Supported by the City of St. Petersburg Arts and Culture Grant and The Dalí’s Members.