Looking at Lunchtime: Two Busts by Charles Cordier

Looking at Lunchtime: Two Busts by Charles Cordier

Thursday

January 16, 2020

12:00 PM-1:15 PM

Clark Center

Whet your appetite for art with a closer look at the Clark’s collection. Each month’s presenter gives you a taste of their favorite object(s) on view. This month, Curatorial Assistant Nora Rosengarten discusses two bronzes by nineteenth-century sculptor Charles Cordier—Saïd Abdallah, of the Mayac Tribe, Kingdom of Darfur and African Venus—and their relationship with traditions of French academic sculpture, the burgeoning science of ethnography, and how Cordier himself understood these portraits as powerful testimony for abolitionism in the context of French imperialism.

Image: Charles Cordier, African Venus (detail), 1848–1852, bronze. Private collection. Photo: Amy Coon.