Howard E. Wooden Distinguished Lecture Series

The Howard E. Wooden Distinguished Lecture Series is an annual endowed series produced by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum. The program brings notable thought leaders in American art field to Wichita and the museum. The lectures are free to the public. Recent speakers include these noted scholars and museum leaders:

Wanda Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University

Patricia Junker, Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art, Seattle Art Museum

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sally Pemberton, granddaughter of The New Yorker's first art critic, Murdock Pemberton

This endowed annual series was inaugurated by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum to commemorate the tenure of Howard E. Wooden as Director of the Wichita Art Museum (1975-1989), during which time the museum experienced steady growth and a signficant enlargement of the Museum's collection. Funds for the lecture series are provided by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Endowment.


Howard E. Wooden Lecture: Modern Beauty - Fashion and the Rise of Modern Art

Modern Beauty: Fashion and the Rise of Modern Art
With Gloria Groom, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago

Sponsored by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum

Thursday, November 14
5 pm | Galleries remain open before the talk
6 pm | Festive mingling, cash bar, and small bites in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall + exhibition viewing
6:45 pm | Free lecture in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall

Admission to the Howard E. Wooden Lecture is free. Galleries will be open prior to the lecture.

By 1850, Paris was the style capital--as well as art capital--of the world. The fashion industry was booming. Off-the-rack clothing made new styles available to vast numbers of men and women, the department store was on the rise, and fashion magazines flew off the shelves. Impressionists and other modern artists were fascinated by the innovative, changeable qualities of the new fashion industry. For Manet, Monet, Renoir, and others, modern style played a key role in the development of modern art. 

Join Gloria Groom for an illustrated talk exploring the relationship between fashion and modern art at the end of the 19th century. Groom organized the 2012 blockbuster exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity that toured Paris, Chicago, and New York. The New York Times called the exhibition "thrilling" and "groundbreaking." Groom's current exhibition, Manet and Modern Beauty explores the way Edouard Manet--the quintessential painter of 19th-century Paris--turned to fashion for inspiration in his late career. Manet and Modern Beauty, which opened in Chicago before traveling to Los Angeles, was hailed by The Chicago Tribune as "beautiful and au courant."

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