This exhibition demonstrates Leonard Baskin’s use of the body as a vehicle for reflection, highlighting themes of mortality and morality in the natural world.
Part of a required practicum course for Art History majors, The Curatorial Project (ARTH 331), was directed by Charles Palermo, Professor of Art History. Students selected, researched, documented, and wrote didactic texts for The Human Frame from the Muscarelle’s growing collection of works by the important mid-20th century American artist Leonard Baskin. The exhibition allowed student curators the rare opportunity to work closely with museum professionals and conduct hands-on research for the collection. Read more about the student experience here.
Image citation: LEONARD BASKIN (American, 1922 - 2000) | Leonard Baskin at 51, 1973 | Woodcut in black and green on Japanese rice paper | © artist's estate | Gift of Christian Vinyard | 2012.137
Works by Degas in this exhibition consist of drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, one sculpture, and a letter, all from a single private collection. The collection endeavors to illuminate the background and personality of Edgar Degas the man, as well as to present his genius as an artist. The subject matter of these works by Degas is often quite personal. In addition to three rare self-portraits, the collection includes depictions of close family members, his loyal housekeeper Sabine Neyt, and multiple portraits of artists Édouard Manet and Mary Cassatt.
Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist highlights the artist’s interests and individual methods of creating through experimentation and touches upon notable themes of Degas’ oeuvre such as anatomy, horse racing, and ballet. Although often aloof to strangers, Degas shared warmth and loyalty with his family as well as with a wide circle of friends, which included some of the greatest writers and artists of the epoch. Works by Degas’ circle in this exhibition include Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Edweard Muybridge, among others.
Upcoming special programming, through the series Muscarelle Explorations, will focus on Degas and include lectures, a film, a book club discussion, and a concert of period music to further explore the cultural life of the artist and his peers. In addition, a sequence of live drawing workshops in the galleries will give participants a special view of the exhibition and provide a deeper understanding of Degas’ methods and techniques. Dates, times, and registration information is now available through the Explorations page at Muscarelle.org!
EDGAR DEGAS & AUGUSTE CLOT | Before the Race, circa 1895 | Color lithograph
Exhibition organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA | www.a-r-t.com in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA
Your Muscarelle Museum of Art membership guarantees you free, priority admission to the exhibition, so there is no need for you to secure a ticket. Just bring proof of membership (your card or email confirmation) with you when you visit.
Docent Led Tours
Thursdays – 5:30 (members only)
Fridays – 2:00
Sat. & Sun – 10:30, 1:30 & 3:00
Degas Events & Workshops
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