Paul Gauguin. <i>Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit.</i> c. 1900. Oil transfer drawing, sheet: 22 1/16 x 17 13/16" (56.1 x 45.3 cm). Private collection

Sauvageries: Gauguin and the Strategies of Primitivist Sculpture

Tuesday, March 25, 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 special presentations by Gauguin experts as they explore his creative process, his exotic travels, and new interpretations of his place in art history.

However much painting remained at the heart of Gauguin's artistic enterprise, a key element in his avant-garde aesthetic was his use of wood—in sculptures, in relief panels, and in woodblock printmaking. He used sculpture to help fashion his artistic identity, both in how he presented his Tahitian works in exhibition in Paris, and in how he decorated his home and studio environments in Polynesia. This lecture examines the central role of sculpture in Gauguin's project of modernist primitivism, considering not just the relationship of his forms to indigenous Oceanic typologies, but also how, during his Polynesian career, his creation of sculpture facilitated his physical and material engagement with the non-European world.

With Elizabeth Childs, Etta and Mark Steinberg Professor of Modern Art and Chair, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis.

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.