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Monday, Jan 12, 2009

American Impressionism expert to speak at The Hyde this Sunday

The Hyde Collection will host a lecture by internationally renowned American Impressionism scholar William H. Gerdts as a closing event to the Museum’s current exhibition, California Impressionism: Paintings from The Irvine Museum.

The lecture All Things Bright & Beautiful: California Impressionism, scheduled for Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm in The Hyde’s Helen Froehlich Auditorium, will focus on the rise and importance of Impressionism in “The Land of Sunshine” when the style first appeared in the state of California in the 1890s. Gerdts will explore the influence of the great French Impressionists on American painters from the West coast. Gerdts, who curated the exhibition when shown at The Irvine Museum, is also a collector of American Impressionism and author of the catalog All Things Bright & Beautiful: California Impressionist Paintings from The Irvine Museum. In addition, Gerdts has authored more than twenty-five books on American Impressionism, including the standard text, “American Impressionism” (Abbeville Press, 1994).

Gerdts is senior advisor in American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts and Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Former positions include Curator of Art and Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Norfolk Museum, and Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at the University of Maryland. He taught at Hunter College, is Co-founder of Sotheby’s American Art Institute, and served as Senior Lecturer there from 1985 to 2005. Gerdts has also authored numerous exhibition catalogues and articles on art in America.

The lecture is free to Hyde Collection members. The cost for general admission is $8. The lecture will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and self-tour of the California Impressionism exhibition. Reservations are requested as seating is limited. For more information or to make reservations, call The Hyde at 518-792-1761.

California Impressionism: Paintings from The Irvine Museum was organized by The Irvine Museum, Irvine, California.


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