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Short Course


Bringing together curators and artists, Short Course is an opportunity to take a deep dive into our special exhibitions as well as our permanent collection. All sessions are free and open to the public, no registration required.

American Impressionism

Tuesdays, March 6, 13, and 20, 2018

Educator Elisabeth Palmer will engage the topic of American Impressionism in a three-week short course. The course will address the beginnings of Impressionism in France, where American painter Mary Cassatt was working, and the evolution of the style in the U.S., where artists such as Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase adopted the trend. American Impressionism will also examine the concepts that defined the movement, such as an interest in representing contemporary daily life.

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926), Francoise in Green, Sewing, 1908–1909, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund, 2009.6

Gulf Coast Wonders

Tuesdays, May 8, 15, and 22, 2018

This three-week course will explore the exhibitions Natural Wonders and Journey of the Islander. Exhibition Curators Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Jennifer Jankauskas, Ph.D., along with Assistant Curator of Education Elisabeth Palmer will focus on artist Walter Anderson, his influence on Gulf Coast artists, and artists Jacqueline Bishop and Douglas Bourgeois.

Jacqueline Bishop (American, born 1955), Like a Prayer, 2017, oil on found vintage dress, Lent by the artist and Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, Photograph courtesy of the artist and Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans