Spring 2008 Exhibition
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Music and Modernism in the Graphic Arts, 1860-1910
Friday 28 March - Sunday 25 May
In the second half of the 19th century, visual artists in Europe looked to poetry and music as models for modern art, an art of increasing ambiguity and abstraction. This exhibition examined the concepts of synaesthesia (the connections among color, sound, and the other senses) and the Gesamtkunstwerk (total art work) in British, French, and German art from 1860 to 1910. Drawn from the Davison Art Center Collection and Special Collections, Olin Library, the exhibition presented more than 40 works by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Odilon Redon, Henri Fantin-Latour, and other artists.
Towards a Synaesthetic Modernity
This symposium examined models of artistic collaboration in European art between 1860 and 1910 and explore how exchange between the arts as well as artistic media proved foundational to the emergence of a modernist aesthetic. Papers focused on the historical formulation of three models of artistic interaction: synaesthesia, the Gesamtkunstwerk, and the idea that all arts aspire to the condition of music. All talks were free and open to the public; the symposium website offers further details and contact information for this event.
Decadent Christians and Cricketer-Aesthetes: A New View of the 1890s in Art Press Books