Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). <i>Nave nave fenua (Delightful Land)</i> from the suite <i>Noa Noa (Fragrant Scent).</i> 1893-94. Woodcut, comp. 14 x 8″ (35.6 x 20.3 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Rosenwald Collection

Paradise Lost: Gauguin and the Melancholy Logic of Reproduction

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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Gauguin: Metamorphoses
Starr Figura. With essays by Elizabeth Childs, Hal Foster, and Erika Mosier

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In conjunction with the MoMA Class Paul Gauguin: In Search of Modernism’s Origins, join us for two special presentations by Gauguin experts as they explore his creative process, his exotic travels, and new interpretations of his place in art history. With Alastair Wright, University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow, St John's College, University of Oxford, and Chair, Editorial Group, Oxford Art Journal.

From the moment he arrived in Tahiti, Gauguin bemoaned the destruction of the island’s original culture by French colonialism. Like many Western visitors to Polynesia in the later 19th century, he came to believe that the South Seas paradise of which he had dreamed was by now lost. We will examine the roots of this melancholy view of Polynesia and explore how it is reflected in Gauguin’s extended exploration of reproductive techniques following his first Tahitian trip.

In conjunction with the exhibition Gauguin: Metamorphoses

Tickets ($15; $10 members and corporate members; $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the information desk, at the film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.