06 February 2019 / 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CIMA Members are invited to join us for a private visit of Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery, where we will be led on a tour of the current exhibition entitled Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today. The exhibition was organized in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay, where an expanded version of the show will be opening from March 26 to July 14, 2019.

Don’t miss out on this lovely opportunity to view the exhibition before it closes on February 10! We look forward to seeing you there.

The works organized for the New York exhibition seek to examine how changing modes of representation of the black figure has been a central development within modern art. The Wallach Art Gallery’s exhibition deals primarily with questions regarding the black female figure, beginning with Edouard Manet’s portrayals of Laure, the model who posed as the maid in Olympia, in the 1860s. The exhibition also explores productions of other impressionists who worked contemporaneously alongside Manet, including Frédéric Bazille, Edgar Degas and the photographer Nadar; sculptors Charles Henri Joseph Cordier and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux; as well as the paintings, drawings and prints of Henri Matisse. Also brought into discussion is the portraiture of renowned Harlem Renaissance artists, including William H. Johnson and Charles Alston. Finally examined is how the legacy of these pioneers of modern art has effected post-war modern and contemporary production up to the current day.

The Columbia University Wallach Art Gallery is located in the Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 West 129th Street (enter on West 125th Street, just west of Broadway).

Please note: CIMA Members will receive a private invitation link to RSVP for this event. Limited to 20 members only!


Members receive free admission to CIMA, access outside of regular public hours, a copy of the annual catalogue, and invitations to exclusive events and receptions.