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CANCELED | Will be rescheduled for Fall 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020
American Aesthetic: The Clyde Burroughs Dinner/Lecture Series
John Singer Sargent and Fashion

Speaker Erica E. Hirshler, Interim Chair, Art of the Americas and Croll Senior Curator of American Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Register for the dinner and/or lecture


Dinner & Lecture
Members $50
Non-Members $65
Deadline for dinner registration is Tuesday, May 5, to accommodate catering.

Lecture only
Members / Students $15
Non-members $20

6:00 pm Cocktail hour
7:00 pm  Dinner
8:00 pm Lecture

“The coat is the picture,” John Singer Sargent explained to one of his sitters in the summer of 1894, insisting that the gentleman wear a heavy woolen overcoat despite the warm temperatures and tugging it ever more tightly around him to attenuate his slender form. This episode is but one example of the manner in which Sargent manipulated fashion—and his sitters—in the service of his art. Join MFA curator Erica Hirshler for a sneak preview of her forthcoming exhibition, Sargent and Fashion, a major show opening in 2021-22 that examines the role of dress in the painter’s work and features many of Sargent’s finest portraits with representative clothes of the period, including several of the actual garments he depicted.

Dr. Erica Hirshler is Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A prolific scholar of late nineteenth and early twentieth century American painting, particularly Sargent, Cassatt, Hassam, and Chase, she is especially interested in both the vibrant artistic exchange between the United States and Europe and the new opportunities available to women during this period. Her current exhibition reintroduces the important mid-century Boston painter Hyman Bloom; her next show will explore Sargent and fashion. A popular speaker, she has lectured at museums and other cultural institutions across the United States, Europe, and Japan.

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Mrs. Charles E. Inches (Louise Pomeroy), 1887

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