By Bendik Sorensen
Every fall, summer and spring, the Steinberg Museum in Hillwood Commons usually have a rapidly changing exhibition, but for the last exhibition of the fall, museum director Barbara Applegate wanted to try something new. “We’re having this one up through March 25,” she said.
The new approach includes events and activities for students, and is also open to the public. On Thursday, Nov. 5, there will be a hands on drawing lecture outside, to learn about the new exhibition, which opens on Wednesday. There will also be guest lectures from renowned historians, outside speakers, and hands on events.
The exhibition itself is called “L’Amour du Beau,” “Love of Beauty,” and features 19th century French paintings and drawings. “The artworks are neither romanticism or impressionism,” Applegate said. “They’re kind of a mix between the two.” The exhibition features 67 works from 42 artists, including Antoine Vollon. The collection comes from Carol Tabler.
Tabler, a Long Island native, who also curated the exhibit, is an art historian who specializes in the French 19th century movement. “She could pick up any of the pieces you see here and write a paper on it,” said of the collector, calling her one of the most foremost historians in her field.
The way the exhibition is set up is very categorical. It has landscapes in one area, still lives in another, but Applegate says it follows a “stream of consciousness.” The pieces are paired with quotes from the artists themselves on the wall to follow with the consciousness theme.
“It tells exactly what the artist said,” Applegate said, explaining how even though the exhibit is very classical compared to what they usually feature, it has to appeal to her audience. “This is a very academically heavy show, and the art is very serious,”she said. The quotes, she hopes will help students and museumgoers understand a bit more what lies behind the canvas.
The exhibition is open from Wednesday, Nov. 4 through March 25, 2016. Museum hours are:
Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
There will be an opening reception at a later, undecided date.