UI professor emerita has hand in new Indianapolis exhibition
URBANA — A groundbreaking exhibition exploring late 19th-century neo-impressionist portraiture will open next Sunday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
"Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886-1904," was co-curated by University of Illinois Professor Emerita Jane Block, who recently retired as head of the UI's Ricker Library of Architecture and Art.
"Face to Face..." is the first exhibition devoted to portraits of the Neo-Impressionist movement. More than 30 paintings and 20 works on paper are included, by artists such as Paul Signac, Henri-Edmond Cross and Vincent van Gogh.
The iconic portrait of Flix Fnon by Signac will be shown for the first time in 30 years outside of New York City.
"Despite the growing interest in the Neo-Impressionist movement as a whole, portraits in this style have never been treated separately, and thus much of their significance has been overlooked," Block said. "By focusing on the sitters and interweaving aspects of biography, color theory, music and literature with matters of style, the exhibition will analyze these unique and powerful portraits as reflections of their age and shed new light on their importance as works of art."
Block, a widely published author and scholar of 19th-century Franco-Belgian art and culture, came up with the idea for the exhibition.
She wrote two essays and many of the entries on the works of art in the show for the 250-page, illustrated catalog that accompanies the exhibition. It was published by Yale University in association with the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Besides Block, the other catalog author and exhibition co-curator is Ellen W. Lee, the Wood-Pulliam senior curator at the Indianapolis museum. French scholars Marina Ferretti Bocquillon and Nicole Tamburini also contributed to the book.
"Face to Face" will be at the Indianapolis museum, its only U.S. venue, through Sept. 7. Tickets to the show are $12 for adults; $6, children ages 7 to 17 and college students with IDs; and free, children 6 and younger.
Group tour rates are available for groups of 15 or more; call 317-920-2679 for information.
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