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Burroughs Dinner & Lecture | John Singer Sargent and Fashion

  • 7 May 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

American Aesthetic: The Clyde Burroughs Dinner/Lecture Series
John Singer Sargent and Fashion

Speaker Erica E. Hirshler, Interim Chair, Art of the Americas and Croll Senior Curator of American Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Dinner & Lecture

Members $50
Non-Members $65
Deadline for dinner registration is Tuesday, May 5, to accommodate catering

Lecture only
Members / Students $15
Non-members $20

6:00 pm Cocktail hour
7:00 pm  Dinner
8:00 pm Lecture

“The coat is the picture,” John Singer Sargent explained to one of his sitters in the summer of 1894, insisting that the gentleman wear a heavy woolen overcoat despite the warm temperatures and tugging it ever more tightly around him to attenuate his slender form. This episode is but one example of the manner in which Sargent manipulated fashion—and his sitters—in the service of his art. Join MFA curator Erica Hirshler for a sneak preview of her forthcoming exhibition, Sargent and Fashion, a major show opening in 2021-22 that examines the role of dress in the painter’s work and features many of Sargent’s finest portraits with representative clothes of the period, including several of the actual garments he depicted.

Image: John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Mrs. Charles E. Inches (Louise Pomeroy), 1887

The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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