Conversation: Dalí & the Impressionists – SOLD OUT
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November 10, 2023 @ 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Join us for a conversation about our upcoming special exhibit, Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More.
In the first decades of the 20th century, before his involvement with Surrealism, Dalí closely engaged the major achievements of the 19th-century French Impressionist movement. In a range of luminescent landscape paintings, he represented the geography most personal to his life in Catalonia, Spain. As Dalí became Dalí, Impressionism stayed with him, both its core principle of rebellion and the importance it placed on the artist’s keen observations of place.
Dr. Hank Hine, Executive Director, Dr. Jennifer Cohen, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Dr. William Jeffett, Exhibition Curator, invite you to join our conversation with Matthew Teitelbaum, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, about the development of the exhibition Dalí & The Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas, & More, opening November 18, 2023 at The Dalí Museum.
We hope that together—through this opportunity to reflect on the exhibition’s conception—we can unlock this little explored chapter of Dalí’s development as the artist we know today, while understanding more deeply the artistic legacy of Impressionism.
Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater
Register to attend in person at the link below. This event is free with limited capacity. An event ticket is required for entry. Gallery access is not included.
Dr. Hank Hine, Executive Director
As Executive Director of The Dalí Museum, Dr. Hank Hine has been instrumental in the Museum’s initiatives in exhibition, education and visitor experience. Having earned degrees from Stanford University and Brown University, Dr. Hine has also been active in research and publication on a variety of topics, including text and image relationships, contemporary art and the opportunities of new media. Previously, he was founder and director of Limestone Press and Hine Editions, as well as Director of the research and publishing institute GraphicStudio at the University of South Florida.
Matthew Teitelbaum, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Matthew Teitelbaum has served as Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), since August 2015. Under his leadership, the Museum, which was founded in 1876, has introduced new initiatives, programs and partnerships to invite, welcome and engage diverse audiences while building a more inclusive community of visitors, staff, volunteers and supporters.
Notable exhibitions during Teitelbaum’s tenure include Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina (2023), Philip Guston Now (2022), Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories (2021), Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation (2020) and Gender Bending Fashion (2019), among others. These exhibitions have engaged with timely issues, presented new curatorial scholarship and incorporated the perspectives and expertise of outside voices.
Also under his leadership, the MFA has demonstrated a strengthened commitment to building and presenting the collection, creating new galleries for Dutch and Flemish art; ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art; Italian Renaissance art; Egyptian art from the Middle Kingdom; the jewelry collection (opening in 2024); and the Judaica collection (opening in 2023). These major projects are rooted in a dedication to promoting extraordinary care for the MFA’s collection, realized most recently by the dedication of a new Conservation Center. The state-of-the-art Center features advanced technology, enhances opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and training and welcomes visitors to learn more about the care of the collection through close-up encounters with works of art.
Dr. Jennifer Cohen, Director of Curatorial Affairs
Dr. Jennifer Cohen earned her Doctorate in Art History from the University of Chicago, specializing in Modern Art and the Historical Avant-Garde. She also holds degrees in Comparative Literature and Apparel Design from Cornell University. Before joining The Dalí Museum in September 2023, Dr. Cohen was the Art Institute of Chicago’s inaugural Curator of Provenance and Research, exploring ownership histories with each of the Museum’s eleven curatorial departments.
Her exhibitions and publications have addressed Surrealism and its legacies, from artist-designed shop windows in World War II-era New York to Ray Johnson’s use of buttons as material and motif in the 1960s. A few of her favorite projects include the exhibitions Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 (2014); Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century (2015-16); Ray Johnson c/o and the Satellite Presentation c/o Tender Buttons (2021-22); and Salvador Dalí: The Image Disappears (2023), all at the Art Institute; and the works on paper show Robert Motherwell and Multiplicity (2023) at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Dr. Cohen’s research has been supported by the Mellon-Council of European Studies, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Dedalus Foundation. Her writing has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of Surrealism and the Americas and various exhibition catalogs, including the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí’s online publication, Transgressing Venus (2022).
Dr. William Jeffett, Curator of Special Exhibitions
Dr. William Jeffett received his Doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He also holds degrees from Oxford University, Yale University and University of Texas. Before joining The Dalí Museum, Dr. Jeffett was Curator at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at University of East Anglia (UK). At The Dalí, he is responsible for the direction, curation, organization and co-ordination of exhibition programs; writing and editing of exhibition catalogs and other interpretative material, including the interpretation of works by Dali; and research on the permanent collection.
Dr. Jeffett contributes to the expansion of the Museum’s collection through seeking and recommending acquisitions. He is an active researcher and writer for The Dalí and other museums, research institutes and universities. He has published numerous exhibition catalogs and articles devoted to Salvador Dalí, other related artists and contemporary art. Dr. Jeffett has curated many shows for the Museum and other influential institutions, including the Fundacio Joan Miro (Barcelona), Fundacio “La Caixa” (Madrid) and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid). He curated Dalí and Duchamp with Dawn Ades for The Dalí and Royal Academy (London).
Cadaqués, 1923, oil on canvas. The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL; ©Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Artists Rights Society), 2023.