Curating British Art: A Conversation with Olivier Meslay

Curating British Art: A Conversation with Olivier Meslay

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Michael Conforti Pavilion
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To commence the symposium British Art 1750–1919: Reflections and Futures, Olivier Meslay (Hardymon Director of the Clark) and Caroline Fowler (Starr Director, Research and Academic Program) discuss Meslay’s experience curating British art, and how the field of British art has changed since Meslay mounted one of the first exhibitions dedicated to British art at the Louvre Museum, Paris, in 1994, British Art in French Collections. A scholar of British art, Meslay brings his experience of working within both French and American institutions to consider how shifting ideas of borders, nationalism, art history, and exhibition trends have transformed not only the field of British art but also museum practice and exhibitions more widely.

Free. A 5 pm reception in the Michael Conforti Pavilion precedes the event.

Image: John Constable, Bow Fell and Langdale Pikes (detail), 1806, watercolor and graphite, squared for transfer, on white laid paper. The Clark, gift of the Manton Art Foundation in memory of Sir Edwin and Lady Manton, 2007.8.56